Haiti quietly marks 4 years since huge earthquake

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Monday, January 13, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitians are pausing to remember the tens of thousands of people who died in the catastrophic earthquake that struck four years ago.

The government of President Michel Martelly issued a decree declaring Sunday a day of remembrance and reflection. The Haitian flag is being flown at half-staff, and clubs are to remain closed.

Haiti's radio and television stations have been encouraged to schedule programs and music for the occasion in honor of the victims.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck outside Haiti's capital on January 12, 2010, and thousands of buildings toppled in Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities.

Officials said more than 300,000 died, but no one knows for certain how many people lost their lives.

The quake left 1.5 million people living in tent camps. That number has fallen to 146,000. (AP)

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