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Haitians pause to remember dead on 7th anniversary of quake

  • A woman attends a mass during the 7th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday Jan. 12, 2017. The 2010 earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A woman attends a mass during the 7th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday Jan. 12, 2017. The 2010 earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents walk to attend a mass, as they past the ruins of the National Cathedral during the 7th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Residents walk to attend a mass, as they past the ruins of the National Cathedral during the 7th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haiti's Interim President Jocelerme Privert, center, arrives to a memorial service marking the seventh anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The 2010 earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Haiti's Interim President Jocelerme Privert, center, arrives to a memorial service marking the seventh anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The 2010 earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region killing tens of thousands. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Haitians are lighting candles and offering prayers to remember relatives and neighbors who died in a catastrophic earthquake that struck near the country's capital seven years ago.

Hairdresser Nerlande Voltaire had a Bible in hand as she attended a church service in Port-au-Prince to honor her mother, who was crushed by a building reduced to rubble by the quake.

The congregations of some Catholic churches have spilled into the streets Thursday as they sing hymns and remember the devastating events of Jan. 12, 2010.

Haiti's interim president has presided over a subdued wreath-laying commemoration at a mass burial site.

Haiti has said more than 300,000 people died in the disaster, but the exact toll is unknown as there was no systematic effort to count bodies.