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Scenes of panic in Banda Aceh after earthquake hits off Indonesia coast

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Acehnese women hug each other and pray shortly after a powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on April 11, 2012.

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People try to go to higher ground in Banda Aceh after the earthquake struck on April 11, 2012.

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People run shortly after the earthquake in Banda Aceh on April 11, 2012.

Alastair Jamieson and Ian Johnston report — A tsunami alert was issued for the entire Indian Ocean Wednesday after a powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded off Indonesia's coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey said, in its latest revised statement, that the quake was centered about 14 miles beneath the ocean floor and 270 miles from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh, at 2:38 p.m. local time (4:38 am. ET).

NBC News reported scenes of panic in Indonesia, with residents and even hospital patients fleeing buildings. Click here for the latest updates.