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A strong aftershock struck near the Haitian capital on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and setting off screams of terror from the thousands of residents who have been camped outside since last week’s powerful earthquake.
The 6.1-magnitude aftershock was about 6.2 miles deep, with an epicenter about 35 miles west-southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It rattled people struggling to recover from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that walloped the impoverished country January 12, killing an estimate 100,000-200,000 people. Such a strong tremor can pose significant danger in a nation where damaged buildings are teetering precariously. The aftershock was the strongest to hit Haiti since last week’s original quake, the USGS said.

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