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In Haiti: Thousands Feared Dead; Day To Reveal Extent Of Devastation

Update at 4:15 p.m. ET. We've added four more updates in the past couple hours:

Pat Robertson Blames Haitian Devil Pact For Earthquake.

— American Red Cross Exhausts Medical Supplies.

FBI Warns Against Online Relief Scams.

Worst Natural Disasters In History.

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET. Since our last update here, we've published several fresh posts about the crisis in Haiti, including:

New Video Of Rescuers, Victims And Dazed Survivors.

'Unimaginable' Destruction; PM Says Deaths May Be In Hundreds Of Thousands.

U.S. Aid Starts To Arrive, Much More Headed To Haiti.

'Doctors Without Borders' Facilities In Haiti Devastated By Quake.

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET. Since the day began, we've published several fresh posts about the crisis in Haiti, including:

Obama Pledges 'Aggressive Effort' To Save Lives In Haiti.

AP: Death Toll Likely 'In Thousands'.

From Haiti: Heart-Breaking Photos.

Haiti: Some Ways To Help.

Our original post:

Here's the latest from Haiti, where a powerful earthquake struck yesterday afternoon:

— Tons Of Rubble; Thousands Of Collapsed Buildings: "Dazed and injured Haitians sat on darkened streets pleading for help Wednesday and untold numbers were trapped in tons of rubble brought down by the strongest earthquake to hit this poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years. Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor — or to estimate the number of dead lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital." (The Associated Press.)

— "Serious Loss Of Life: State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley "says that U.S. embassy officials in Port-Au-Prince are still trying to get a handle on the scale of the disaster — but expect a serious loss of life. He said officials reported significant damage — with walls crumbling down and some bodies in the streets." (NPR's Michele Kelemen.)

— "Thousands Feared Dead": "A major earthquake rocked Haiti, killing possibly thousands of people as it toppled the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike and leaving the poor Caribbean nation appealing for international help." (Reuters)

— Daylight Will Reveal Devastation: "After the earth shook more violently in Haiti than it has in two centuries, its citizens hunkered down for the night, awaiting daylight Wednesday to ascertain the full scope of death and devastation." (CNN.)

— Coast Guard Prepares To Help: "Coast Guard officials in Miami have mobilized cutters and aircraft to positions in close proximity to Haiti to render humanitarian assistance as needed. (Coast Guard statement.)

As it was yesterday, Twitter is serving as a valuable tool for people trying to send information from Haiti and share information about what happened. Click here for a list of feeds collected by NPR. Here's a sampling:

— firesideint Not looking forward to the job I have to do. The sun will be up soon. No surprise, phones are still down.

— carelpedre DIGICEL IS WORKING! CALL UR FAMILY NOW!!

— troylivesay Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy.

And here's a video report from the AP that has more photos:

Update at 7:30 a.m. ET. And here is the photo gallery we pointed to earlier:

  • Injured people rest in the streets of Port-au-Prince Thursday, two days after the devastating 7.0 quake.
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    Injured people rest in the streets of Port-au-Prince Thursday, two days after the devastating 7.0 quake.
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • Rescuers carry an injured girl down the street after digging her out of the rubble Thursday.
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    Rescuers carry an injured girl down the street after digging her out of the rubble Thursday.
    Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Images
  • Virginia Cary, of Cleveland, Tenn. waits at the Port-au-Prince airport in hopes of a return flight to the U.S.
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    Virginia Cary, of Cleveland, Tenn. waits at the Port-au-Prince airport in hopes of a return flight to the U.S.
    Lynne Sladky/AP
  • Fireman attempt to put out a blaze in Port-au-Prince Thursday.
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    Fireman attempt to put out a blaze in Port-au-Prince Thursday.
    Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Images
  • After 50 hours trapped, James Girly, 64, is rescued from the remains of the Montana Hotel by the French military.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
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    After 50 hours trapped, James Girly, 64, is rescued from the remains of the Montana Hotel by the French military. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
  • Workers dig for bodies in a fight against time.
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    Workers dig for bodies in a fight against time.
    Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Images
  • A woman who lost a hand lies on the ground outside a makeshift recovery ward in Port-au-Prince Friday.
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    A woman who lost a hand lies on the ground outside a makeshift recovery ward in Port-au-Prince Friday.
    Chris Hondros/Getty Images
  • An injured child waits for medical attention near a damaged hospital in Carrefour, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday.
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    An injured child waits for medical attention near a damaged hospital in Carrefour, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday.
    Ariana Cubillos/AP
  • People line up to for gasoline. Aid organizations are struggling  to get needed resources to survivors.
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    People line up to for gasoline. Aid organizations are struggling to get needed resources to survivors.
    Lynne Sladky/AP
  • People line up to receive water, an in-demand commodity, from a firetruck in Port-au-Prince.
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    People line up to receive water, an in-demand commodity, from a firetruck in Port-au-Prince.
    Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images
  • Earthquake survivors use water from a fountain to bathe in the central public garden of Port-au-Prince.
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    Earthquake survivors use water from a fountain to bathe in the central public garden of Port-au-Prince.
    Francois Mori/AP
  • People wave at a helicopter in the center of Port-au-Prince. Aid efforts are slow to reach the Haitian capital.
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    People wave at a helicopter in the center of Port-au-Prince. Aid efforts are slow to reach the Haitian capital.
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  • The magnitude of the disaster is overwhelming relief efforts.
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    The magnitude of the disaster is overwhelming relief efforts.
    Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
  • Bolivian U.N. Blue Helmet soldiers stand guard at an aid center in Port-au-Prince as a group of Haitians carries a victim.
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    Bolivian U.N. Blue Helmet soldiers stand guard at an aid center in Port-au-Prince as a group of Haitians carries a victim.
    Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
  • A staff member from the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, treats an injured man.
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    A staff member from the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, treats an injured man.
    Logan Abassi/UN
  • Men carry an injured relative in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian Red Cross estimates that more than 50,000 people may have been killed in the earthquake.
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    Men carry an injured relative in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian Red Cross estimates that more than 50,000 people may have been killed in the earthquake.
    Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
  • A member of the Fairfax Country Urban Search & Rescue Team and her K-9 partner search the U.N. Headquarters for more survivors after freeing a man who was trapped for 40 hours in the rubble.
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    A member of the Fairfax Country Urban Search & Rescue Team and her K-9 partner search the U.N. Headquarters for more survivors after freeing a man who was trapped for 40 hours in the rubble.
    Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
  • Aid trickled in Thursday morning. Here, Maurice Cain, senior airman with the U.S. Air Force, unloads humanitarian supplies from Panama at the Port-au-Prince airport.
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    Aid trickled in Thursday morning. Here, Maurice Cain, senior airman with the U.S. Air Force, unloads humanitarian supplies from Panama at the Port-au-Prince airport.
    Lynne Sladky/AP
  • A U.N. peacekeeper from Chile works in the rubble of the Montana Hotel.
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    A U.N. peacekeeper from Chile works in the rubble of the Montana Hotel.
    Ramon Espinosa/AP
  • With thousands missing and the death toll climbing, dazed survivors wander amid the ruins of Port-au-Prince two days after the devastating earthquake.
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    With thousands missing and the death toll climbing, dazed survivors wander amid the ruins of Port-au-Prince two days after the devastating earthquake.
    Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
  • Haitians walk though streets filled with rubble and bodies.
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    Haitians walk though streets filled with rubble and bodies.
    Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
  • Displaced people create makeshift shelters out of tarps and sheets.
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    Displaced people create makeshift shelters out of tarps and sheets.
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  • A woman prepares a bed in the street Tuesday night after the quake.
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    A woman prepares a bed in the street Tuesday night after the quake.
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  • Many Haitians spent a second night on the streets. Here, people gather on a square in Port-au-Prince's Petionville district.
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    Many Haitians spent a second night on the streets. Here, people gather on a square in Port-au-Prince's Petionville district.
    Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
  • Members of the congregation of First Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn. pray for the earthquake victims Thursday. The pastor's son is believed to have been killed in the quake.
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    Members of the congregation of First Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn. pray for the earthquake victims Thursday. The pastor's son is believed to have been killed in the quake.
    Clint Austin/AP/Duluth News Tribune
  • Members of Canada's Haitian community comfort each other at the Haitian-Canadian Community Center in Montreal.
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    Members of Canada's Haitian community comfort each other at the Haitian-Canadian Community Center in Montreal.
    Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press/AP

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Update at 7:10 a.m. ET. For more photos, check this NPR.org picture gallery.

Update at 7 a.m. ET. Three Million People Affected. On its Twitter feed, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent says it "estimates that up to 3 million people are affected by the #Haiti quake."

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