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No West Coast tsunami expected after Japan's strong earthquake

April 7, 2011 |  8:23 am

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.  


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