7.3 earthquake hits Haiti.

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti's envoy to the US said it was a "catastrophe of major proportions".
Buildings, including a hospital, are said to have collapsed, and rescue efforts are under way.

The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.

The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards.

A Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince said he had seen "dozens of dead and injured people" in the rubble of fallen buildings.

Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in Port-au-Prince, told colleagues in the US "there must be thousands of people dead".

The aid worker had managed to phone his colleagues before communication links went down.

The BBC's Nick Davies in neighbouring Jamaica says the ground apparently shook for more than a minute in Haiti.

Local people, he said, were using anything they could get their hands on - including farm equipment - to help release those trapped in the quake.

Our correspondent adds that, as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is likely to need international aid in order to cope with the quake's impact.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8455629.stm
 

GoCubsGo

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It is incredible the amount of damage. I guess their Port-au-Prince tower is badly damaged and they cannot take flights. :( All sad.
 

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic —Rescue teams struggled in the early-morning darkness Wednesday to make their way through the rubble of collapsed buildings after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon.

The quake, with a magnitude estimated at 7.0, caused the collapse of the National Palace, leveled countless shantytown dwellings and brought more suffering to a nation that was already the hemisphere’s poorest and most disaster-prone.

The earthquake was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and left the country in a shambles. As night fell in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s densely populated capital, fires burned near the shoreline downtown, but otherwise the city fell into darkness.

The electricity remained out during the early hours Wednesday and telephones were not working. It was not immediately clear how badly the Port-au-Prince airport had been damaged and if it would be able to handle aircraft bringing relief aid from overseas.In the chaos, it was not possible for officials to determine how many people had been killed and injured, but they warned that the casualties could be substantial.

Louise Ivers, the clinical director of the aid group Partners in Health, said in an e-mail to her colleagues: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS . . . Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”

The headquarters of the United Nations mission collapsed, the United Nations said in a statement, and many employees were missing.

“We know there will be casualties but we cannot give figures for the time being,” Alain Le Roy, the chief of U.N. peacekeeping forces, told The Associated Press in New York.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/world/americas/14haiti.html
 

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Having lived through a 7.6 over ten years ago, I remember 17,000 dead and the utter devastation - my heart goes out to the people of Haiti.
 

Hmac

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I know Haiti well. Port au Prince has long been a disaster waiting to happen. Contruction standards are basically non-existent...the vast majority of the buildings, especially the homes, are non-reinforced cinder block.

The biggest problem is that emergency services are simply non-existent. No fire department, no search-and-rescue capability. I've had emails from my friends in the north, in Cap Haitien and the Central Plateau and they are OK, but I also have many friends and colleagues in Port au Prince and haven't heard a word. Cell phone service throughout the country all backhauls to Port au Prince to hit the undersea cable to Jamaica and DigiCell's switching facility is down.

This is awful. Those poor people. So unfair to heap this challenge on their already-desperate lives.
 

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Haiti earthquake

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_haiti_earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.
President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.
"Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed," Preval told the Miami Herald. "There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince was among the dead, and the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was missing.
The international Red Cross said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.
President Barack Obama promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort, adding that the U.S. commitment to its hemispheric neighbor will be unwavering.
"We have to be there for them in their hour of need," Obama said.
Other nations — from Iceland to Venezuela — said they would start sending in aid workers and rescue teams. The United Nations said Port-au-Prince's main airport was "fully operational" and open to relief flights.
Aftershocks continued to rattle the capital of 2 million people as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares to sing hymns.
People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passers-by lifted the sheets to see if loved ones were underneath. Outside a crumbled building, the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile.
The prominent died along with the poor: the body of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, 63, was found in the ruins of his office, said the Rev. Pierre Le Beller of the Saint Jacques Missionary Center in Landivisiau, France. He told The Associated Press by telephone that fellow missionaries in Haiti had told him they found Miot's body.
Preval told the Herald that Haiti's Senate president was among those trapped alive inside the Parliament building. Much of the National Palace pancaked on itself.
The international Red Cross and other aid groups announced plans for major relief operations in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
Many will have to help their own staff as well as stricken Haitians. Taiwan said its embassy was destroyed and the ambassador hospitalized. Spain said its embassy was badly damaged.
"Haiti has moved to center of the world's thoughts and the world's compassion," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
Tens of thousands of people lost their homes as buildings that were flimsy and dangerous even under normal conditions collapsed. Nobody offered an estimate of the dead, but the numbers were clearly enormous.
"The hospitals cannot handle all these victims," said Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles. "Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together."
An American aid worker was trapped for about 10 hours under the rubble of her mission house before she was rescued by her husband, who told CBS' "Early Show" that he drove 100 miles (160 kilometers) to Port-au-Prince to find her. Frank Thorp said he dug for more than an hour to free his wife, Jillian, and a co-worker, from under about a foot of concrete.
An estimated 40,000-45,000 Americans live in Haiti, and the U.S. Embassy had no confirmed reports of deaths among its citizens. All but one American employed by the embassy have been accounted for, State Department officials said.
Even relatively wealthy neighborhoods were devastated.
An AP videographer saw a wrecked hospital where people screamed for help in Petionville, a hillside district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians as well as the poor.
At a destroyed four-story apartment building, a girl of about 16 stood atop a car, trying to see inside while several men pulled at a foot sticking from rubble. She said her family was inside.
"A school near here collapsed totally," Petionville resident Ken Michel said after surveying the damage. "We don't know if there were any children inside." He said many seemingly sturdy homes nearby were split apart.
The U.N.'s 9,000 peacekeepers in Haiti, many of whom are from Brazil, were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters.
"It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations' secretary-general's special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on RTL radio.
But U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy would not confirm that Annabi was dead, saying he was among more than 100 people missing in its wrecked headquarters. He said only about 10 people had been pulled out, many of them badly injured. Fewer than five bodies had been removed, he said.
Brazil's army said at least 11 of its peacekeepers were killed, while Jordan's official news agency said three of its peacekeepers were killed. A state newspaper in China said eight Chinese peacekeepers were known dead and 10 were missing — though officials later said the information was not confirmed.
The quake struck at 4:53 p.m., centered 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince at a depth of only 5 miles (8 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti.
Video obtained by the AP showed a huge dust cloud rising over Port-au-Prince shortly after the quake as buildings collapsed.
Most Haitians are desperately poor, and after years of political instability the country has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe normally.
The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and in eastern Cuba, but no major damage was reported in either place.
With electricity out in many places and phone service erratic, it was nearly impossible for Haitian or foreign officials to get full details of the devastation.
"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official in Port-au-Prince. "The sky is just gray with dust."
President Barack Obama offered prayers for the people of Haiti and said the U.S. stood ready to help. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said a disaster response team would fly in Wednesday.
Edwidge Danticat, an award-winning Haitian-American author was unable to contact relatives in Haiti. She sat with family and friends at her home in Miami, looking for news on the Internet and watching TV news reports.
"You want to go there, but you just have to wait," she said. "Life is already so fragile in Haiti, and to have this on such a massive scale, it's unimaginable how the country will be able to recover from this."
 

eawmp1

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It's sad that the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere should have such a tragedy. They are least able to cope with it.
 

jav6454

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It's sad that the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere should have such a tragedy. They are least able to cope with it.
Sorry but no one can cope with anything like this. Haiti was hit by a hurricane in 2009 and now this. Third world countries do not cope with this sort of thing, it seems so because you don't see it on the news, but reality begs to differ.
 

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Scientists have warned for years that the island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, was at risk for a major earthquake.

Five scientists presented a paper during the 18th Caribbean Geological Conference in March 2008 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, stating that a fault zone on the south side of the island posed "a major seismic hazard."
 

Ttownbeast

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Is the US still on bad diplomatic terms with Haiti since that whole Voo Doo curse thing against Clinton years back? Just curious.
 

dXTC

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Is the US still on bad diplomatic terms with Haiti since that whole Voo Doo curse thing against Clinton years back? Just curious.
Apparently, that's eased. US President Obama has already promised aid.

There are already at least two "Text xxxxx to xxxxx" donation programs set up-- one by the Red Cross, the other by Yele Haiti, a charity run by musician Wyclef Jean (a Haitian immigrant himself). Details of those programs can be found on lots of Twitter feeds.

What a horror.


BBC

Sometimes your heart just breaks…
MSNBC.com has a slideshow of the devastation as well. It includes the picture you've shown, and I must unfortunately report that the collection has even sadder photos.
 

timerollson

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Does the $ from these text charities get donated immediately? And is it getting funneled through political hands? I'm a bit wary of this text to donate thing as I want 100% going into the hands of the people who need it.
 

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I'll add one other relief organization for your consideration:

Project Haiti
123 Minnesota Avenue South
Aitkin Minnesota 56431

Project Haiti is a 501(C)3 organization (donations are tax deductible) whose main function has been infrastructure improvement, education, and medical care for almost 20 years. Everyone associated with Project Haiti (myself included) does so without pay and even expenses come out-of-pocket. Every single dime contributed goes to Haiti.
 

timerollson

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I would donate to the Red Cross. That is what I'm going to do.
I'll add one other relief organization for your consideration:

Project Haiti
123 Minnesota Avenue South
Aitkin Minnesota 56431

Project Haiti is a 501(C)3 organization (donations are tax deductible) whose main function has been infrastructure improvement, education, and medical care for almost 20 years. Everyone associated with Project Haiti (myself included) does so without pay and even expenses come out-of-pocket. Every single dime contributed goes to Haiti.
Good stuff. Thanks.