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Red Cross Raised $500Million for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Posted by feww on June 5, 2015

Where is the money?

After the devastating 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, Western hemisphere’s poorest country, the Red Cross received about $500 million in donations.

“In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for ‘A Better Life in My Neighborhood’ — was building hundreds of permanent homes,” according to a report by ProPublica and NPR.

“Today, not one home has been built in Campeche [a neighborhood that sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.] Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.”

The Red Cross claims it has provided homes to at least 130,000 people. But the investigation found that the group has built only six homes in all of Haiti.

Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern unveiled ambitious plans to “develop brand-new communities,” after the earthquake devastated the country. “None has ever been built,” says the report.

Red Cross saw the Haiti earthquake disaster as “a spectacular fundraising opportunity,” says a former official who helped with the fundraising. “Michelle Obama, the NFL and a long list of celebrities appealed for donations to the group”

Now, the Red Cross refuses to release details of how it has spent the hundreds of millions of dollars donated for Haiti. But the investigation reveals that far less money reached the quake victims than the Red Cross has claimed.


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Will there be another major Haiti earthquake?

Posted by feww on February 24, 2010

For Fire-Earth Haiti-Jamaica Earthquake forecast See: Another Strong Quake Strikes Haiti as Expected

The following is a Public Release by University of Texas at Austin

Rapid response science missions assess potential for another major Haiti earthquake

To help assess the potential threat of more large earthquakes in Haiti and nearby areas, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics are co-leading three expeditions to the country with colleagues from Purdue University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the U.S. Geological Survey and five other institutions.

Source: The University of the West Indies at Mona

Rapid response missions can be critical for assessing future risks because a fault can continue to displace the ground for weeks and months after a large earthquake. At the same time, natural weathering processes and human activities can erase valuable geologic evidence.

The goal of the Haiti missions, researchers say, is to understand which segments of the earthquake fault ruptured during the Jan. 12 quake and how much fault movement and uplift of coastal features occurred in locations along or near the fault.

  • Expedition 1: Eric Calais of Purdue University led the first expedition, which has ended, collecting Global Positioning System (GPS) data to determine how land moved as a result of the earthquake. A second team participating in the expedition, led by Paul Mann of the Institute for Geophysics and Rich Koehler of the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, used a helicopter and fieldwork to search for signs of ruptures-cracks at the surface along the main trace of the suspected earthquake fault. They found no signs of surface rupture but evidence for lateral spreading and liquefaction-a phenomenon in which soils behave like a liquid instead of a solid. Earthquakes most likely caused by the same fault and resulting in the same kind of lateral spreading and liquefaction destroyed the Jamaican capital of Kingston in 1692 and 1907. Funding was provided by the Rapid Response Research Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Expedition 2: The second expedition, beginning Feb. 24, will for the first time use a scientific research vessel to examine the underwater effects of the quake. Chief scientist for the expedition is Cecilia McHugh at the City University of New York and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory with co-chief scientists Sean Gulick of the Institute for Geophysics and Milene Cormier of the University of Missouri. For two weeks, a team onboard the RV Endeavor will use sonar to map shifted sediments on the seafloor and seismic sensors to examine faults beneath the seafloor. The scientists hope to solve a mystery about how the earthquake unleashed a tsunami that killed seven people and to explain why corals along the coast have now been uplifted above sea level. The 185-foot Endeavor is owned by the NSF and operated by the University of Rhode Island. Funding is provided by the NSF and The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences.
  • Expedition 3: The third expedition, led by Fred Taylor of the Institute for Geophysics, will focus on large coral heads exposed by coastal uplift during the earthquake. Taylor will use a specialized chainsaw to collect the now dead coral for study of its tree ring-like structure to reveal clues on recent uplift and previous uplifts extending back hundreds of years. He will be assisted by Mann along with Rich Briggs and Carol Prentice of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Jackson School of Geosciences and USGS are jointly funding the coral study.

The Jackson School places a special emphasis on mounting rapid response missions to the scenes of geo-hazards, supporting previous missions after the earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands (2007) and Hurricane Ike along the Texas Gulf Coast (2008). Few academic organizations have the infrastructure, equipment and expertise to mount a large field expedition on a few weeks’ notice, yet they can yield valuable insights to prepare communities for future hazards.

“We expect a whole raft of studies about the Haiti earthquake coming out based on remote sensing data from satellites and airplanes,” said Sean Gulick of the Institute for Geophysics. “But there’s no substitute for getting on the ground and in the water to look directly at its immediate effects.”

While collecting information that can save lives in the near future is a top priority of the expeditions, the scientists are also working to help cultivate local earthquake expertise. Two Haitian scientists have been invited to participate-Nicole Dieudonne, a representative of the Haitian Bureau of Mines and Energy, and Steeven Smyithe, a student from the State University of Haiti.

“We’re trying to engage the Haitian science community,” said Mann, who will return to Haiti for the second expedition. “They can help us communicate better with Haitian policy makers and people about the geology behind this devastating earthquake and about the risks going forward.”

In 2008, Mann, Calais and colleagues presented a paper at the Caribbean Conference forecasting a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the area of Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The forecast was based on an integration of geologic information on the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault zone with GPS data collected in the region. David Manaker, Calais and colleagues published an article on the same topic in Geophysical Journal International.


For more information from the source responsible for the above see:

Contact: Marc Airhart
University of Texas at Austin

The biggest hurdle for the ‘Rapid Response Expedition Teams’ could prove to be a political one. They may have to find creative ways of preventing USGS Earthquake People from altering the results of their research. See various notes and comments on Fire-Earth about USGS/EHP downgrading the magnitude of earthquakes for political reasons.

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You Donated Money to Haiti EQ Disaster Victims?

Posted by feww on February 20, 2010

YOUR Money Didn’t Reach them

Food crisis looms in rural Haiti

Source: CARE; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Date: 19 Feb 2010

More than a month after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January, FAO and CARE have issued a joint alert over a national food crisis.

“This is a hidden but pervasive crisis that has already touched all corners of the country,” said Dick Trenchard, Assessments Coordinator for FAO in Haiti. “Rural areas experiencing the highest levels of displacement from Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas are the most affected, particularly the Artibonite in the west and Grand’Anse in the south.”

Rapid assessments undertaken by FAO and its partners in the Agriculture Cluster have shown that “host families” caring for displaced people are spending their meagre savings to feed new arrivals and consuming food stocks.

In many cases these poor people are resorting to eating the seeds they have stored for the next planting season and eating or selling their livestock, in particular goats.

“We are seeing clear signs that people are already resorting to worrying and unsustainable coping strategies to try and help the estimated 500 000 people who migrated to rural areas and other smaller urban centres after the earthquake,” said Trenchard.

Two weeks to planting

“The main planting season, which accounts for over 60 percent of annual production, will start in less than a fortnight,” said Jean-Dominique Bodard, CARE’s Emergency Food Security Specialist.

“If the host families have no means to buy seeds or other ways to obtain quality seeds, this will be a disaster for them,” he added. “There is another aspect to this vicious circle. Due to lack of cash, many host farmers will not be able to hire day labourers for the planting.

“As a result, the labourers will not earn money to feed their families and the planting will not be carried out to the extent it could be if the workforce were available,” Bodard said.

In the rural sector, farmers lack cash to buy seeds for the upcoming planting season and food prices have already risen 10 percent compared to before the quake – an indicator for worse things to come. One immediate solution might be cash-for-work programmes in the agricultural sector.

“We need to inject money fast before the planting season starts”, explained Bodard. “Food distributions can help alleviate the immediate suffering after the disaster, but in the long run what is needed most is cash for the farmers to be able to invest and regain their autonomy.”


FAO has kick-started a small cash-for-work programme cleaning out irrigation canals in Léogâne and CARE will work to scale it up in the coming days from, 600 to 4,000 people.

“This will be a much-needed financial boost at a crucial time when people are desperate to take their lives back into their own hands and will provide a much-needed injection into rural markets that have slumped since the earthquake,” said Trenchard.

As part of the recovery phase, CARE plans to support community-based organizations in activities such as water management, product marketing and capacity building.

These activities will contribute directly to the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development’s “Special Emergency and Support to Food Production Programme in Haiti in Response to the 12 January 2010 Earthquake, the Integration of Displaced Populations and prevention of the hurricane season.”

That programme is supported by FAO and the Inter-American Institution for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

Cluster leader

As the leader of the UN’s agricultural cluster in Haiti, FAO coordinates international and national organisations in the sector. Part of its work is to ensure donors and agencies on the ground work within government guidelines.

CARE is already present in Léogâne, a farming town to the west of Port-au Prince that was 80 percent destroyed by the earthquake, providing shelter, emergency supplies, water and sanitation facilities and health support for mothers and pregnant women.

FAO is supporting small scale farmers with essential agriculture inputs such as quality seeds and tools are being distributed.

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Let’s Bulldoze Port-au-Prince, If We Really Care!

Posted by feww on January 18, 2010

Haiti Quake – Update 18 January

UN boss urges starving Haitians to be patient

The worst thing that can now happen to Haiti in the short term is for another major disaster to strike elsewhere in the world.

United Nations Boss pleads with a couple of million  starved survivors to be patient merely five days after the quake struck (!)

Banki Moon visited UN mission, where at least 37 UN staff were killed after the quake struck, and some 300 workers are still missing.

“I appeal to the Haitian people to be more patient,” Mr Moon said, wondering if he might be attacked by mobs of starved, homeless survivors outside the mission.

Relief has reportedly only started to trickle through five days after the quake struck.

But no sooner a food distribution point is set up, the aid workers are mobbed with swarms of starving survivors.

A Partial Picture of the Haiti Quake Aftermath:

  • Most of up to 2 million hungry survivors are roaming streets of partially destroyed Port-au-Prince looking for food or anything they could swap for food.
  • The Haitian government is Not functioning.
  • There are no restaurants, shops, markets or the likes where people could buy food, assuming  the survivors had any money with them.
  • The level of violence amog the frustrated survivors is increasing.
  • UN has launched a near $600m appeal intended to help about three million people for up to six months, though it doesn’t seem to have any plans on how to use the money.
  • Very many people could die of starvation and gang violence, and a few would benefit handsomely from the aid money.
  • “The Haitian airport now is overwhelmed,” said a senior UN Peacekeeping Operations officer.
  • Fuel is desperately needed to carry aid from the airport, help the wounded and restore [even partial] order in the capital city, but it’s in short supply.
  • Three Haitian ministers and a half dozen senators are reported to have been killed.
  • “There are no doctors, no surgeons. I was supposed to get delivery this morning of medical supplies from abroad, but they never arrived. On my own, I cannot even cope with the toilet arrangements for all these people.”  The sole trainee-nurse at the Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital told Reuters.
  • The nurse said she had run out of  supplies, antibiotics and pain killers.


“The aftermath of Haiti quake catastrophe

“IF you regard the Haiti quake as a “natural” disaster, and the blog has previously made its position clear about the impact of human activity on natural disasters, then you must consider the aftermath of the quake as a human-made disaster.

“It’s hard to imagine how Port-au-Prince, and therefore Haiti, could survive the aftermath of the quake catastrophe.

“IF the United Nations, the United States and EU care about Haiti, and it’s difficult NOT to be highly skeptical, they they should bulldoze the old Port-au-Prince into the ground and help those of the Haitians who care about the future to build sustainable communities.

” And remember, we believe the first wave of the world’s collapsing cities may have already started.”

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Haiti Quake Disaster [Update 17 Jan]

Posted by feww on January 17, 2010

Fight Over Food!

Looters Reign in Haiti Quake Aftermath

A looter holds a knife as he fights for products after Tuesday’s earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria. Image may be subject to copyright. Reuters image gallery.

More than 100 hours after the massive earthquake destroyed large areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, up to two million Haitians are still without help.

For many of the survivors, food, water and shelter remain high priorities. Their very survival is at stake. Fighting for what little scraps of food they can find.

Sporadic looting, which occurred almost immediately after the earthquake dust had settled, now appears be widening as survivors become even more desperate.

“On the city’s shattered main commercial boulevard near the port, hundreds of looters swarmed over the wreckage of stores, carrying off T-shirts, bags, toys and anything else they could find. Fighting broke out between groups of looters carrying knives, ice-picks, hammers and rocks.” Reuters reported.

As our colleagues in EDRO predicted two years ago, as a city nears collapse most of its inhabitants abandon the place  and head for other population centers.

“Even as aid poured into Port-au-Prince airport, thousands of Haitians streamed out of the city on foot with suitcases on their heads or jammed in cars to find food, water and shelter in the countryside and flee aftershocks as well as violence.” Reuters reported.

Just how many dead?

FEWW’s initial estimate of the dead and injured was pegged at twenty thousand (20,000) victims. The Moderators haven’t observed any evidence to suggest their estimate is grossly inaccurate.

Yet the Haiti ruling lords, continue to claim they have buried more than 50,000 victims (dead victims, hopefully), about a quarter to a half of the final toll [sic], without a shred of evidence to substantiate their ridiculous claim. There’s NO evidence, of course, because there can’t be any. Their claim is physically impossible.

The 50,000 figure first surfaced on day 3  after the quake struck. Given the initial state of shock, most (99%) of the dead bodies must have been “collected” and buried on the the third day. It would also mean that:

  • Fifty percent of the victims who were killed by the collapsing buildings, where thrown out of the rubble [sic.] No digging was necessary to recover their corpses.
  • The corpses of between a quarter and a half of all the earthquake victims were recovered and buried within 72 hours [sic] after the quake struck.

Given the decayed state of Haitian infrastructure and the government’s total inability (NO inference drawn to the theological doctrine) to deal with emergencies in the past, the claim is a physical impossibility.

Haitian authorities must realize that there are an average of about 15 different, but easily calculable, physical parameters  associated with each and every step of the scenario implied by their claim.

For anyone with a short memory, the initial estimates of the casualties after Hurricane Katrina struck were pegged at a minimum of 10,000 dead. The actual number of the dead were less than 1,900.

Why do TV Networks and Multinational News  Corporation Go Along with Govt Figures?

The truth is they have too much at stake. TV ad networks like ZNN have a whole army of reporters, disaster ‘experts,’ producers and production crew committed to the disaster area and are making a meal of it. The number of casualties is directly proportional to their audience numbers.

The extent of disaster, of course, must not be underestimated. The poverty stricken nation of Haiti needs all the help it can get.

According to various news reports:

  • Several incidents of violent looting has occurred in Port-au-Prince. “It’s anarchy there now, total chaos, the police have gone away [and the people] are fighting, hitting each other, throwing stones at each other.” Reuters photographer Carlos Barria was quoted as saying.
  • Mobs armed with hammers ice-picks, knives, machetes and rocks were fighting over just about any  items they could find in collapsed houses, shops and garages.

“The scene an hour’s drive west of Port-au-Prince is apocalyptic. Almost every single building on the road I’m driving on now has been flattened.” A BBC report said.

Yet their 2-minute video only showed what appeared to be a collapsed building, several houses and garages with their roofs intact, a squashed bicycle and a woman who claimed both her legs were broken, as she laid comfortably chatting the reporter.

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Haiti Quake Aftermath [Update 16 Jan]

Posted by feww on January 16, 2010

Politics of Corruption Worse than the Earthquake

“We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies. We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number,” Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told Reuters.

In 3  days without a single organized team and with no heavy earth moving equipment?

Does this follow the “If you don’t believe me, go count the bodies for yourself!” line of proof?

NO WAY, Mr Minister!

About 40,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves, Reuters quoted the Secretary of State for Public Safety Aramick Louis as saying.

Well that’s a discount of 20 percent, but isn’t it a massive jump in less than 24 hrs from the very rough figure of 7,000 your president had quoted?

FEWW Moderators estimate that between nil to 50 bodies were buried one day after the quake struck. In the second day between  a few  to 200 bodies, and in the third day up to 700 corpses may have been dumped in mass graves.

Chaos: Worse than Earthquake

A man points a gun at the crowd while standing on the rubble of a store in Port-au-Prince, January 15, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Kena Betancur. Image may be subject to copyright. For more image from Reuters click here.

About 4,500 inmates have escaped an over-crowded Haitian prison. Among the escapees are murderers, rapists and dangerous criminals who are presumed to be armed and dangerous.

Gangs of armed robbers had begun preying on vulnerable survivors “living in makeshift camps on sidewalks and streets strewn with rubble and decomposing bodies, as quake aftershocks rippled through the hilly neighborhoods.” Reuters reported.

More Highlights of Reports of Haiti Quake Aftermath:

“We are sending our police into areas where bandits are starting to operate. Some people are robbing, are stealing. That is wrong … The people in the refugee places, once they do not find food and assistance, they are getting angry and upset. Our message to everyone is to stay calm.” Aramick Louis was quoted as saying.

But, how could they stay calm, when most of the survivors haven’t had much, if anything to eat for more than 80 hours?

No Water

At least eight hospitals and medical clinics in Port-au-Prince had collapsed or were otherwise unable to provide any service due to quake damage.

“We have no supplies. We need surgical gloves, antibiotics, antiseptic, disinfectant. We have nothing. Not even water. We have children out here with dry mouths and no water to give them,” Reuters quoted a doctor with the Pan American Health Organization as saying.

Piles of decomposing bodies that haven’t been buried despite the Ministers’ number games could cause outbreaks of contagious diseases, posing  a serious health threat to the traumatized survivors.

Escaped Haitian Inmates on the Run, Fear of Rampant Crime

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Please help the victims, anyway you can. There are many ways to help the survivors. But donate money only to the organizations that you know and trust.

For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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Haiti Earthquake Disaster – Update 14 Jan

Posted by feww on January 14, 2010

The Haiti earthquake is the worst disaster, so far, to strike the poverty-stricken nation

The casualty figures, both the dead and injured are very high.

Blood flows along the street in the aftermath of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010.  Credit:  REUTERS/Joel Trimble. Images may be subject to copyright.

Highlights of News Reports:

  • Large sections of the capital Port-au-Prince have been destroyed. Also many schools, hospitals and other buildings have collapsed.
  • Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive says more than 100,000 people may have been killed as a result of Tuesday’s earthquake, though he did not explain how he had arrived at that figure. [FEWW Moderators believe this figure is highly exaggerated. More on this later.]
  • Brazilian child rights activist Zilda Arns and Port-au-Prince’s Archbishop Serge Miot have been killed in the earthquake.
  • UN Secretary-General BanKi-moon said 11 Brazilian peacekeepers and five international police officers (three Jordanian and one each from Argentina and Chad – were killed in the quake.
  • Brazil’s military said 14 of its soldiers had been killed in the quake.
  • Up to 150 UN staff, including the mission chief and his deputy are still unaccounted for.
  • Eye witness news reports say many sidewalks are lined with corpses covered with white sheets.
  • UNDP said 38 of its staff are unaccounted for.
  • Many Haitians are spending a second night out in the open where they feel safer from the danger of aftershocks.

A few technical details:

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  • Haiti earthquake occurred as a result of friction between the Caribbean plate and the North America plate. The plates boundary in the region “is dominated by left-lateral strike slip motion and compression, and accommodates about 20 mm/y slip, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward with respect to the North America plate.” USGS/EHP reported.
  • “At the longitude of the January 12 earthquake, motion between the Caribbean and North American plates is partitioned between two major east-west trending, strike-slip fault systems — the Septentrional fault system in northern Haiti and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system in southern Haiti.”
  • “The location and focal mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with the event having occurred as left-lateral strike slip faulting on the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system. This fault system accommodates about 7 mm/y, nearly half the overall motion between the Caribbean plate and North America plate.”
  • “The Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system has not produced a major earthquake in recent decades. The EPGFZ is the likely source of historical large earthquakes in 1860, 1770, 1761, 1751, 1684, 1673, and 1618, though none of these has been confirmed in the field as associated with this fault. ” USGS/EHP said.

Energy Released by Haiti Earthquake was about a half of the estimated impact energy released in forming the 1.2-km diameter Meteor Crater [Barringer Crater] in Arizona

  • FEWW moderators estimate that the energy released by the Haiti earthquake was about 5.3 exp 15 joules [5.3 petajoules, 5.3 x 10^15J] or the equivalent of about 1.35 megatons of TNT. [Estimated energy released by the Hiroshima atom bomb was 15 kilotons, making the Haiti quake about 90 times stronger. See earthquake energy table.]

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Haiti quake catastrophe – Update Jan 13

Posted by feww on January 13, 2010

Port-au-Prince Quake May Be the Last Straw for the Disaster-Stricken Haiti

FEWW Forecast: Another Major Earthquake Could Strike the Region Soon with a Probability of 60% [P ≥ 0.55]

FEWW Comment: The timing of this event may have been particularly “lucky” for the survivors of Haiti earthquake.

First, the event occurred at 04:53:09 pm local time when large numbers of people would have been outdoors.

Second, the earthquake occurred on land. An offshore quake could have generated a major tsunami that would have worsened the extent of the catastrophe.

FEWW Initial  Estimate of EQ casualties

However, the moderators believe up to 20,000 people may have been killed or injured as a result of the Haitian catastrophe caused by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

See also main entry for FEWW earthquake forecast:  Haiti Quake Causes Widespread Death, Destruction

Highlights of reports and eye-witness accounts as the full extent of the Haiti quake catastrophe unfolds:

  • The full scale of the catastrophe has yet to emerge.
  • The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti hadn’t even remotely recovered from the destructive hurricanes in 2008.
  • About 80 percent of Haiti’s 10 million population live on the equivalent of less than $2 a day.  The capital Port-au-Prince is home to about 2 million people [officially 1.2 million population,]  many of whom live in densely populated shanty towns, locally referred to as bidonvilles.
  • Haiti was devastated by four storms two years ago, which left up to a thousand people dead,  destroyed some 15 percent of the national economy, and cost the nation about $1 billion in damage.
  • Haiti’s Presidential Palace has collapsed.

Presidential Palace. Top: Before the quake. Bottom: After. Credit: AP and AFP. Images may be subject to copyright.

The Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a five-story  building, has collapsed

  • Many UN staff are missing following yesterday’s quake quake.
  • Eight Chinese peacekeepers were killed in the earthquake and that 10 others are missing, the China Daily newspaper reported.
  • “The United Nations can confirm that the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince has sustained serious damage along with other UN installations,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said. “For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for.”
  • Many buildings have collapsed or seriously damaged throughout the capital, Port-au-Prince. AP reported that a hospital had collapsed.
  • The mainshock struck about 370 km ESE of a M8.0 quake which struck about 65 km off the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic in 1946. The large earthquake was followed by a major M7.6 aftershock.
  • Port-au-Prince was reportedly shrouded in a blanket of dust for about 20 minutes after the earthquake struck.
  • Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic occupy the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago.
  • The most powerful earthquake to strike Haiti part of Hispaniola island occurred 200 years ago. About a dozen or so powerful earthquakes have struck Haiti side of the Hispaniola in the past 5 centuries.
  • The earthquake was also felt on the Dominican side of Hispaniola island, where residents reportedly fled from shaking buildings.
  • According to reports up to quarter of all buildings in Jacmel, another Haitian city [population 50,000,] have been  destroyed. More than 10 percent of the residents had moved to Jacmel airport seeking shelter.
  • The catastrophe will affect most of Haiti’s estimated 10 million population.
  • As of posting, 34 aftershocks measuring magnitude 4.5 or greater have been reported by USGS/EHP.

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Please help the victims, if you can. There are many ways to help the surviving victims. But donate money only to the organizations that you know and trust.

For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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