7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE - (AP) - Residents of Haiti are awaitinghelp in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit the Caribbeannation in more than two centuries. The International Federation of Red Cross says up to 3 millionpeople have been affected by yesterday's 7.0-magnitude quake. Tensof thousands have lost their homes, and many have lost their lives. Destroyed communications are making it impossible to learn theextent of destruction. Also unknown is the number of dead lyingamong thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital.Survivors have been coping with a series of aftershocks. U.N. peacekeepers have been searching for those believed missingin the ruins of what had been their headquarters. China isreporting that eight of its peacekeepers were killed, and Jordansays it lost three. Much of Haiti's National Palace has been flattened. But agovernment official says Haitian President Rene Preval and his wife survived the disaster. He gave no furtherdetails. Anyone seeking information on Americans in Haiti can call the U.S. State Department at 1-888-407-4747.

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