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Last Updated: Thursday January 14 2010 07:32 GMT

Haiti survivors sleep on streets

Thousands spend a second night on the streets in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake.

Thousands of people in Haiti have spent a second night sleeping in the open after a huge earthquake there.

The minute-long quake was felt all over the island and reached 7.0 on the scale measuring earthquake strength.

Meanwhile, help is slowly starting to trickle in to the Caribbean island from all over the world as the search for survivors under the rubble continues.

Aid agency the Red Cross say as many as three million people could have been affected by the quake.

Lots of buildings, including the national palace and a hospital in capital Port-au-Prince, were destroyed.

It's the worst quake to hit Haiti in 200 years and has been described by one official there as a "catastrophe".

The centre of the quake hit near Port-au-Prince and was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale.

Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. The cost of the damage is already being estimated at billions of pounds.

American president Barack Obama said his thoughts were with everyone who'd been affected and that America was ready to help.