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The quake - Haiti's worst in two centuries - struck at 1653 (2153 GMT) . Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards. The US Geological Survey said its epicentre was 15km (10 miles) south-west of Port-au-Prince, and that it was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude. The extent of the devastation was initially unclear.
In a statement issued in New York, the UN said that its local HQ in Haiti had "sustained serious damage along with other UN installations" and "a large number" of personnel were missing.
Rachmani Domersant, an operations manager with the Food for the Poor charity, told Reuters: "You have thousands of people sitting in the streets with nowhere to go. There are people running, crying, screaming."
Bodies white with dust could be seen piled on the back of a pick-up truck as vehicles tried to ferry the injured to hospital.
In the minutes after the quake, Henry Bahn, a visiting official from the US Department of Agriculture, said he had seen houses which had tumbled into a ravine.
"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Mr Bahn, who described the sky as "just grey with dust".
The former Roman Catholic priest became Haiti's first elected president in 1990 but was removed by the military soon afterwards.
"As we all know, many people remain buried under tonnes of rubble and debris waiting to be rescued," he told reporters in Johannesburg.
"When we think of their suffering, we feel deeply and profoundly that we
should be there in Haiti with them, trying our best to prevent deathAs far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow - at any time - to join the people of Haiti."Friends from around the world have confirmed their willingness to organise an airplane carrying medical supplies, emergency needs and ourselvesAristide returned as president in 2000 but was forced into exile again four years later.
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