Tsunami Warning Lifted for Japan

11-16-06. TOKYO (AP) - A tsunami warning has been issued for Japan's Pacific coast. Thousands of residents have been told to flee to
higher ground.

The warning was issued after an earthquake with a preliminary
magnitude of 8.1 hit about 245 miles east of an island
group about 990 miles northeast of Tokyo.

Japan's meteorological agency says waves of six-and-a-half feet
or higher are expected to hit the Pacific coast of Japan's
northernmost island of Hokkaido and main island of Honshu.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii says a tsunami
warning also had been issued for Russia. A tsunami advisory has
been issued for Hawaii, but there is no threat of a destructive
wave.


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