(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of State issued a travel alert Friday telling Americans to "avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan" after an 8.9-magnitude struck the country.
The agency said that airports in Tokyo have been closed as a result of the quake and that more may be closed or have restricted access. Means of public transportation have also been closed in Tokyo, as many roads have been wrecked.
The travel alert will stand until April 1.
The department advises U.S. citizens that are currently in Japan to notify their loved ones and confirm their well-being as soon as possible.
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