7.0 quake hits impoverished Haiti

Church News note: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has authorized an initial response project to provide aid to Haiti, according to Emergency Response Director Lynn Samsel. The Caribbean Area Presidency is also expected to utilize local fast offering funds to help with immediate relief.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, but an analyst at the U.S. Geological Survey said there could be substantial damage and casualties. Powerful aftershocks were felt in the first hour.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west from the Caribbean nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the USGS said. It had a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers).

An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince, and a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

No further details on any causualties or other damage were immediately available.

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