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A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit off northeastern Japan late Wednesday, leaving at least four people dead and scores injured and causing a high-speed bullet train to derail.

The quake prompted the Meteorological Agency to issue a 1-meter tsunami warning to the Pacific coast of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, but the warning was lifted Thursday morning after only relatively small tsunami waves were observed.

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