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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Haiti hit by earthquake

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti yesterday, toppling buildings in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince. It was the worst earthquake to hit the island in 200 years.

The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of Port-au-Prince, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.

The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards.

Aid workers and reporters at the scene estimated the number of dead to be in the hundreds or even thousands. Vehicles ferrying the injured to hospital were hampered by rubble blocking the capital's streets.

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Posted by D.Drake

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