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Major quake rocks Haitian capital; many feared dead

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  • Earthquake struck near coast of capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday
  • Witnesses: Heavy damage reported, bodies in streets
  • U.S. State Department: 'Serious loss of life' expected
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  • Port-au-Prince

(CNN) -- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Tuesday near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey. Several witnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the Haitian capital.

There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect "serious loss of life," department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

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