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Haiti Survivors Describe Quake Horror Scene

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:00 PM

Survivors of Haiti's earthquake describe destruction everywhere they look and fears for people trapped beneath the rubble.

Carel Pedre was driving when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday evening. Suddenly debris blocked the road, and he got a sense of the devastation when he started walking.

"I heard a lot of people praying, saying that Jesus is coming, saying that we need to pray, we need to save our lives by believing in God," Pedre told CNN.

He saw collapsed buildings every few feet, he said. And people -- mainly children -- with head injuries.

People thought it was the end of the world, he said.

Travel agent Jacqualine Labrom said some people were in a "state of hysteria," perhaps because they had never seen an earthquake of this magnitude in their lives.

A local hospital brought patients outside and laid them on the ground, Labrom said.

"A popular church had completely collapsed, having folded in on itself and other houses and walls were down," Labrom told CNN by email. "People were wailing and crying and didn't know what to do. They said that although there had not been a service there were some people inside the church praying or having a meeting and they were sure that if they hadn't already died they were seriously injured."

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