TOKYO, Friday 11 March 2011 (Bernama) -- A 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's northeastern Honshu island Friday, and a six-metre tsunami warning was issued, reports China's Xinhua news agency.
Japan Meteorological Agency said earlier that the quake was measured at 7.9 magnitude but the United States Geological Survey upgraded later the quake to magnitude 8.8.
The quake struck at 2:46 p.m. (05:46 GMT) is felt in almost all areas in Japan's pacific coast, including Tokyo and Osaka. The powerful quake struck 382 kilometre northeast of Tokyo with depth of 10 kilometres under the seabed.
Damage from tsunami reported in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, TV footage shows. A nuclear plant on the Pacific coast in Miyagi Prefecture has been automatically shut down Friday following the quake.
Japan has issued a six-metre tsunami warning and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas.
A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, China's Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and US state of Hawaii.
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