Massive Earthquake Causes Tsunami Scare

Tokyo (AP) -- So far the waves have been small and the seas calm off Japan, despite predictions of a strong tsunami. And the situation has eased sufficiently to lift a tsunami warning.

Waves at least six-and-a-half-feet tall were initially forecast for Japan's Pacific Coast after a powerful earthquake hit off sparsely populated islands between northern Japan and the Russian Far East.

The first wave was estimated at 16 inches, followed by one of eight inches. At least three more small waves followed.

Residents have been evacuated in both Japan and Russia but so far there are no reports of damage or injuries.

Japan's meteorological agency says a magnitude 8.1 quake struck 245 miles east of an island (Etorofu) that is claimed by both Japan and Russia. The US Geological Survey estimated the magnitude at 7.8.