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Japan’s meteorological institute issued a tsunami alert after a quake measured at 7.1 struck the country’s northeast Thursday night – the same part of the country which suffered from the massive 9.0 quake and resultant tsunami in March.

The earthquake was first believed to be 7.4, but was later downgraded to 7.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey, and the tsunami warning has since been lifted.

Nonetheless, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cautioned:

Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100km of the earthquake epicenter.

28,000 people are dead or still missing in Japan after the disaster in March. Please see this post on how to help victims.

Read more on BBC News and see the below video from NTN24 for more. Note that there is no longer a tsunami alert in effect.