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Large Earthquake In Indonesia Prompts Tsunami Warning

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Acehnese people run shortly after a powerfull earthquake hit western coast of Sumatera in Banda Aceh on April 11, 2012. A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island, US and Indonesian monitors reported, prompting an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert. (Credit: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images)

Acehnese people run shortly after a powerfull earthquake hit western coast of Sumatera in Banda Aceh on April 11, 2012. A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island, US and Indonesian monitors reported, prompting an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert. (Credit: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images)

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (WWJ/AP) - A 8.6 magnitude earthquake in the waters off the Indonesian island of Sumatra has sent panicked coastal residents across the region fleeing to higher ground.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami watch for countries across the Indian Ocean, while Indonesia officials issued a tsunami warning for cities along the coast of Sumatra.

Read more at CBSNews.com.

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