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Strong earthquake hits off Japan's southern coast

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for several small islands after a strong earthquake shook an area off the country's southern coast.

The agency says the earthquake hit at 3:10 p.m. (0610 GMT) and registered magnitude 6.6. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.4.

The Japanese agency says the tsunami is expected to be about 1.6 feet (50 centimeters) high.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.