Large 7.0 Earthquake Hits Japan

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of Japan followed by a quick successive 6.5 aftershock.

The first earthquake struck at 5:51 a.m. local time about 99 miles west of Makurazaki, Japan. Makurazaki is on the western end of the Kyushu Island, where the city of Nagasaki is also based.

The aftershock happened nine minutes after the first. According to the U.S. National Weather service, a Pacific Ocean-wide tsunami attack is not expected. The Japanese meteorological agency has issued a tsunami warning for its southwestern coasts, however.

The tsunami warning was lifted around 7:20 a.m. local time with no immediate damage reported, according to the Japan Times.

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