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8.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Japan

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TOYKO, Japan - An 8.9 magnitude quake struck off the northeast coast of Japan early Friday morning. The quake hit about 80 miles off the eastern coast of Japan, according to Japan's meteorological agency which places the epicenter roughly 240 miles northeast of Tokyo. Authorities in at least 20 countries and numerous Pacific islands have issued tsunami warnings for areas including Russia and Indonesia, Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica and the U.S. state of Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was also issued for the coasts of Oregon, Washington and California as well as parts of Alaska. Authorities are still assessing possible damage from the quake. Multiple aftershocks have been felt in the Japan area, some as high as 6.5 in magnitude. Watch Northwest Today starting at 4:30am for the latest information.