Tsunami warning after quake hits south of Japan's Okinawa

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese authorities issued a warning for a tsunami of up to 1 meter (3 feet) after a strong earthquake struck in the seas south of Okinawa.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 quake on Monday morning was at a shallow point near the Yonaguni islands.

The tsunami warning remained in force for over an hour after the quake struck, but authorities said it was unclear if a tsunami had hit shores of islands in the area.

Television footage of a nearby island showed calm seas, but residents were warned to stay away from the shore.

The public broadcaster NHK said there were no initial reports of damage.

AP-WF-04-20-15 0245GMT

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