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People carry an injured person from a damaged hotel. Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, said the "silver lining" of the disaster was that the earthquake struck shortly before 5 p.m., when many office workers had gone home for the day, likely reducing the number of fatalities.

( Jorge Cruz / Associated Press / January 12, 2010 )

People carry an injured person from a damaged hotel. Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, said the "silver lining" of the disaster was that the earthquake struck shortly before 5 p.m., when many office workers had gone home for the day, likely reducing the number of fatalities.

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