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6.1 aftershock jolts Haitians out of their sleep

[Update: The U.S. Geological Survey has revised the magnitude of this morning's aftershock to 5.9.]

Earthquake-stricken residents in Haiti were jolted from sleep this morning by a magnitude 6.1 aftershock that sent people running into the street and sowed fresh fears eight days after a catastrophic temblor.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and it was unclear what more damage was caused by the aftershock, which hit just after 6 a.m. about 35 miles west-southwest of the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The new quake, about 6 miles deep, was the strongest of a series of aftershocks that have rattled Haiti since the 7.0 earthquake hit on Jan. 12, reducing Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities to rubble and killing tens of thousands of people.

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-- Tracy Wilkinson in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Ken Ellingwood in Mexico City

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