No West Coast tsunami expected after Japan's strong earthquake
No tsunami is expected to hit the U.S. West Coast after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake Thursday morning off the coast of Japan.
There was concern, however, about a tsunami striking Japan's coast, which was devastated by an earlier tsunami that followed the 9.0 earthquake a month ago.
Thousands died in the tsunami generated by the March 11 quake near Sendai. And Japan is still trying to manage radiation releases from a nuclear plant damaged by the wave.
The latest quake occurred at 7:32 a.m. Pacific time near the coast of Honshu, Japan, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Large aftershocks are common after major earthquakes.
A 6.5 magnitude shaker also struck Thursday morning in Mexico.
-- Howard Blume