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Tsunami warning issued after shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake near Okinawa, Japan

Tsunami advisories have been issued for Japan’s Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas following a shallow 6.8-magnitude underwater earthquake between the coasts of Okinawa and Taiwan.

Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami advisories for the Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas of Japan. While JMA issued alerts of high wave activity affecting Japan’s southwestern islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no threat of a tsunami after the quake.

Waves as high as one meter are expected to hit southwestern territories, Japan's broadcaster NHK said, also warning that smaller waves could potentially strike other islands. There was no warning issued for the main Okinawa island.

“We want residents to get as far as possible from the sea,” Satoshi Shimoji of the Miyako City government told NHK, as cited by AFP. “We are issuing warnings via the radio.”

The epicenter of the strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake was located between Okinawa and Taiwan, with Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau measuring it slightly lower, at 6.3.

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