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Haiti's capital shattered by powerful earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Residents of Haiti are awaiting help in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit the Caribbean nation in more than two centuries.

The International Federation of Red Cross says up to 3 million people have been affected by yesterday's 7.0-magnitude quake. Tens of thousands have lost their homes, and many have lost their lives.

Destroyed communications are making it impossible to learn the extent of destruction. Also unknown is the number of dead lying among 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 missing in the ruins of what had been their headquarters. China is reporting that eight of its peacekeepers were killed, and Jordan says it lost three.

Much of Haiti's National Palace has been flattened. But a government official says Haitian President Rene Preval and his wife survived the disaster. He gave no further details.

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