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In pictures: Thousands evacuate after tsunami warning

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People gather outside the Baiturrahman mosque after an earthquake hit Banda Aceh April 11, 2012. An 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesiaon Wednesday, sending residents around the region scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a huge tsunami as in 2004, but authorities said there were no reports suggesting a major threat.

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Office workers and residents walk on the street after evacuating from the buildings nearby after an earthquake struck Indonesia's western coast and shook the buildings in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province, southern Thailand Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

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People riding motorbikes and cars packed the street in Banda Aceh after a strong earthquake struck Indonesia province April 11, 2012.

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People riding motorbikes and cars packed the street in Banda Aceh after a strong earthquake struck Indonesia province April 11, 2012.

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An officer from the disaster management committee announces to people living near the sea to leave their houses after the government announced a Tsunami warning in Colombo April 11, 2012. Sri Lanka's Meteorological Department issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday following an 8.7 magnitude earthquake near Banda Aceh in Indonesia. Tremors were felt in several parts of the island nation and many people were seen evacuating offices near the World Trade Centre in Colombo.

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A policeman evacuates his wife in a motorcycle in Banda Aceh after a strong earthquake struck Indonesia province April 11, 2012.

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Men look at the sea before they leave their houses after the government announced a Tsunami warning in Colombo April 11, 2012.

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A boy looks on next to his family after they left their houses as the government announced a Tsunami warning in Colombo April 11, 2012.

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Patients rest in the lawns of a government-run hospital after they were evacuated in the southern Indian city of Chennai April 11, 2012, following an earthquake which struck off Indonesia.

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