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Thousands feared dead in Haiti earthquake
Thousands are feared dead after a 7.0 magnitude…
January 13, 2010 4:16 by kippreport
Thousands are feared dead after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday. Emergency response teams from international aid agencies are now struggling to rescue people from the rubble, and many countries across the world including the US, France and the UK have promised immediate support.
The earthquake, which was followed by several aftershocks, is considered to be the strongest in more than two centuries. It struck just 10 miles southwest of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the US Geological Survey said.
Many buildings across the city have collapsed, including the presidential palace and the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Chinese media reported that eight Chinese peacekeepers died, while Jordan’s official news agency said at least three of its soldiers were killed.