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January 13, 2010
Earthquake devastates Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped. It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge. Aftershocks continued to rattle the capital of 2 million people as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares to sing hymns. (23 images)

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A Haitian woman is helped from the rubble of a damaged building on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic, officials and AFP witnesses said. AFP / Getty Images / Daniel Morel


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A father carries his daughter after a major earthquake on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti today, followed by at least a dozen aftershocks, causing widespread devastation in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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A Haitian woman is helped after being trapped in rubble on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince following a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic, officials and AFP witnesses said AFP / Getty Images / Daniel Morel



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A man carries an injured child outside Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, after the strongest earthquake in more than 200 years struck Haiti. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Montreal La Presse, Ivanoh Demers) AP / Montreal La Presse / Ivanoh Demers



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A Haitian woman is covered in rubble on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic. AFP / Getty Images / Daniel Morel



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Displaced people carry a wounded man out of the clinic as aftershocks occur , following a major earthquake on Jan. 13 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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A man with two broken legs sits in the streets amongst all the other wounded, following a major earthquake on Jan. 13 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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People search for survivors amongst the ruins of the childrens hospital, following a major earthquake on Jan. 13 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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A private house in Petion-ville Rue Louverture is badly damaged after a major earthquake on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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Haitians walk past damaged buildings on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic. AFP / Getty Images / Daniel Morel



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A destroyed building is seen on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic. AFP / Getty Images / Daniel Morel



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A destroyed building near the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince is seen on Tuesday, Jan. 12, after the strongest earthquake in more than 200 years struck Haiti. AP / Montreal La Presse / Ivanoh Demers



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People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12. AP / Radio Tele Ginen



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Women wait on the floor at the emergency clinic of Petionville on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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A woman faints in the arms of a medic in an emergency clinic in Petionville on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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An injured child is tended to at the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12. AP / Montreal La Presse / Ivanoh Demers



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A man tries to talk on a cell phone on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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A man treats injuries at the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12. AP / Montreal La Presse / Ivanoh Demers



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People come to the aid of a wounded man on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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Gregor Avril, the executive director of the Haitian Association of Industry, helps a wounded child with the support of artist/ musician Mikaben on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Getty Images / Frederic Dupoux



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Injured people are tended to at Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. AP / Montreal La Presse / Ivanoh Demers



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A body lies amid rubble on Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic. AFP / Getty Images / David Morel



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Edeline B. Clermont weeps in the "Little Haiti" area of Miami, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, as she talks to her sister in Boston after both were unable to contact relatives in Haiti after hearing news about the earth the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the island. AP / Alan Diaz



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