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Tsunami alert lifted on Japan coast: official

March 14, 2011 - 16:13 By 오규욱

TOKYO, March 14, 2011 (AFP) - A tsunami alert was lifted in Japan Monday, a Fukushima prefecture official said, after reports of an approaching large wave and retreating seawater -- a phenomenon that occurs before tsunamis -- had sparked alarm and local evacuation orders.

An official with the Fukushima Prefectural Natural Disaster Office told AFP: "There is no more fear of a tsunami at this moment, but we will continue to ask our residents to remain vigilant to future advisories."