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Jan 12, 2010 7:06 PM

Strong earthquake hits Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A strong earthquake has hit the impoverished country of Haiti, where a hospital has collapsed and people are screaming for help.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. It occurred Tuesday afternoon and was centered about 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of the Caribbean nation's capital, Port-au-Prince.

An Associated Press videographer saw the collapsed hospital in Petionville.

No further details are immediately available.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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