Tsunami warning issued for Japan, Russia, Marianas

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A tsunami warning was issued for Japan, Russia and the Mariana Islands Friday after a 8.9-magnitude quake struck off Japan, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicentre within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," the centre said in a statement.

It also put the territories of Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Micronesia and Hawaii under a lower tsunami watch.

© 2011 AFP

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