7.0 quake hits Haiti; could be 'catastrophe,' official says

A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and inflicting a catastrophe on the impoverished Caribbean nation, its ambassador to the United States said. \"The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best,\" the
The magnitude 7.0 quake struck about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince shortly before 5 p.m. Joseph said he had little information about the extent of damage from the quake, but one government official -- the only one he was able to reach -- told him houses had crumbled \"on the right side of the street and the left side of the street.\" \"He said it is a catastrophe of major proportions,\" Joseph said.


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