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7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Japan, Tsunami Alert Issued

03/ 8/11 10:00 PM ET   AP

TOKYO -- A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit northern Japan, prompting the country's meteorological agency to issue a tsunami alert for the northeastern coast.

It warns that a tsunami of about 20 inches (50 centimeters) will hit the coast around noon Wednesday.

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