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Haiti pays silent tribute to quake dead

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Haiti pays silent tribute to quake dead


Haitians on Wednesday observed a minute’s silence to remember their compatriots who died in a massive earthquake one year ago.

The Carribbean island fell silent at 4:53 p.m. local time, the exact time when the 7-magnitude on January 12, 2010.

Thousands of people turned out in white, Haiti’s traditional colour of mourning, for services across the country.

Hundreds of people wearing white gathered earlier at the Roman Catholic cathedral that was once a prominent landmark in the rubble-filled downtown of Port-au-Prince..

President Rene Preval and former US President Bill Clinton attended a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new National Tax Office.

The Haitian government has revised the number of those that lost their lives up from 250,000 to 316,000.

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