Japan earthquake: No tsunami expected for Washington

Officials with the National Weather Service in Seattle said that a tsunami is not expected for Washington after a powerful earthquake hit Japan on Wednesday. 

The magnitude 7.3 quake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at about 11:30 p.m. local time. It triggered a tsunami advisory for Japan.

There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

NWS officials also said a tsunami isn't expected for California, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. 

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The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck 36 miles below the sea. The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami in 2011 that also caused a nuclear disaster. 

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