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Haiti earthquake feared to have killed many
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Haiti's worst quake in two centuries seriously damaged the HQ of the UN mission in Haiti and a "large number" of its personnel are reported missing.
Many feared dead as huge earthquake hits Haiti
A huge rescue operation was under way this morning after a powerful earthquake hit Haiti, toppling buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince, burying residents in rubble and sparking tsunami alerts in what is feared to be a major catastrophe.
A 7.0-magnitude quake – the biggest recorded in this part of the Caribbean – rocked Port-au-Prince last night, collapsing a hospital and sending houses tumbling into ravines.
Witnesses reported seeing bodies in the rubble and clouds of dust shrouding the city, but with telephone communications cut the extent of damage was not immediately clear.
"Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing, it's total chaos," said Joseph Guyler Delva, a Reuters reporter. "I saw people under the rubble, and people killed. People were screaming 'Jesus, Jesus' and running in all directions."
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