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Strong quake strikes off Taiwan’s east coast, tsunami advisory issued for Japan

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (BNO NEWS) -- A strong earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on early Monday morning, seismologist said, prompting an advisory for the possibility of non-damaging tsunami waves in southwestern Japan. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake at 9:40 a.m. Taiwan time (0142 GMT) was centered about 71 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of the town of Su'ao in southern Yilan County, located on Taiwan's east coast. It struck about 28.9 kilometers (18 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau measured the earthquake at 6.3, while Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) put the magnitude at 6.8, down from a preliminary 7.7 in an earthquake warning sent to residents of southwestern Japan.

The Japanese government issued a tsunami advisory for Miyakojima and Yaeyama, urging people to get out of the water and to evacuate the coastline. "Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected," it said in the advisory, which is the lowest level of tsunami alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage of casualties from the earthquake, which caused light shaking in northern Taiwan and on nearby Japanese islands.

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