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Scientists: expect aftershocks in Haiti for weeks

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Today's powerful aftershock in Haiti doesn't appear to have caused major new damage in the capital, but it has hampered rescue efforts there.

Haiti's prime minister says the government is sending teams to check on the area near the epicenter, which is about 35 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince. He says, "We know they are going to need some help."

One doctor digging for survivors in Port-au-Prince, meanwhile, says the new shaking and yesterday's light rain have made the debris more compact.

Scientists say Haiti can expect more aftershocks in coming weeks. They should become weaker and less frequent, although another one as strong as today's magnitude 6.1 is possible. It was the largest of 49 aftershocks that have followed last week's massive earthquake.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- More rubble is falling from Port-au-Prince's earthquake-damaged buildings following today's powerful aftershock. There's no word on the extent of new damage or injuries.

The magnitude-6.1 tremor was the largest of the more than 40 significant aftershocks that have followed the massive January 12th quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 35 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince -- a little further from the capital than last week's epicenter.

Agency geophysicist Bruce Pressgrave says nobody knows if a still-stronger aftershock is possible. Pressgrave says aftershocks can die out very quickly. But he says they could go on for weeks or months as the earth adjusts to the new stresses caused by the initial quake.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steven Payne says the latest earthquake to hit Haiti felt like he was standing on a board on top of a ball.

Payne was preparing to hand out food to refugees in a tent camp of 25,000 survivors when the magnitude 6.1 aftershock hit today. It was the largest since last week's massive quake and was centered 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince. There's been no word on additional damage or injuries.

At least one man in Port-au-Prince says he has had enough. His house was destroyed in the first quake and his sister and brother were killed. This time, he grabbed his wife and three children and headed to the city bus station saying, "I've seen the situation here, and I want to get out."

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A strong earthquake has hit Haiti, shaking buildings and sending people running into the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the preliminary 6.0 magnitude quake hit at 6:03 a.m. (1103 GMT) Wednesday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince.

It says the quake struck at a depth of 13.7 miles (22 kilometers).

AP reporters in the Haitian capital say the temblor sent scores of people fleeing into the streets.

The pacific tsunami warning center said the earthquake was located too far inland to generate any tidal waves in the Caribbean.

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