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Feb 7, 2010 9:08 AM by Associated Press

Strong earthquake hits off southern Japan coast

There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties following a strong earthquake that shook several small islands off Japan's southern coast today.

The quake caused officials to temporarily issue a tsunami warning.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the earthquake hit shortly after 3 p.m. local time and registered magnitude 6.6. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 6.4.

Japanese officials immediately issued a warning for a tsunami about 1.6 feet high, but removed the warning about an hour later.

The quake was also felt in Taiwan, about 155 miles to the east. Residents in Taipei could feel buildings shake.

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