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Japan hit by 4.5ft tsunami following earthquake

A traffic jam is seen as people evacuate after tsunami advisories were issued following the earthquake, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. Credit: Kyodo Kyodo/Reuters

A tsunami of up to 4.5 feet (1.4 metres) has struck the coast of Japan, hitting the same region devastated by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

The tsunami hit the coast around Sendai, about 45 miles (70km) north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hitting ports elsewhere along the coast.

"We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," a man in the city of Iwaki told NTV television network, following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the tsunami threat had now largely passed.

"Sea level fluctuations may continue along some coasts of Japan over the next few hours," it said.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits New Zealand

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has hit central New Zealand, little more than a week after a powerful tremor killed two on the South Island.

Tuesday's quake was centred off the coast of the North Island, 86 miles (138km) from Palmerston North at a depth of 23 miles (37km).

Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in the early hours of Monday, November 14.

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