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Video of the moment Haiti's quake struck

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Video of the moment Haiti's quake struck

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The latest amateur footage from Haiti has revealed the force of Tuesday’s earth quake.

The tremor, a 7.0 magnitude, was the biggest to hit the island nation in 200 years. Experts say it was magnified because it happened so close to the surface.

Its sheer force was terrifying. In the space of a minute thousands of buildings were completely flattened.

The earthquake began shortly before 5pm local time on Tuesday, about 15 kilometres south west of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Despite an international effort to scramble emergency crews, organised rescue efforts on the Caribbean island have been slow to get moving.

Thousands of traumatised Haitians have also spent a second night sleeping in the streets fearing further aftershocks.