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Haiti Devastated by 7.0 Earthquake

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Worst quake to hit the region in more than 200 years.   Haitians Confront Devasation of Quake (NYTimes) 

Haiti sits on a large fault that has caused catastrophic quakes in the past, but this one was described as among the most powerful to hit the region. With many poor residents living in tin-roof shacks that sit precariously on steep ravines and with much of the construction in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in the country of questionable quality, the expectation was that the quake caused major damage to buildings and significant loss of life.

Haiti’s many man-made woes — its dire poverty, political infighting and proclivity for insurrection — have been exacerbated repeatedly by natural disasters. At the end of 2008, four hurricanes flooded whole towns, knocked out bridges and left a destitute population in even more desperate conditions.

Haitian National Palace severely damaged by quake.

(Pictures courtesy of BBC News and NYTimes)

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

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

How you can help Haiti:

List of Relief Organizations including Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and more

Donate $10 to the Red Cross

Donate $5-10 to Yele Haiti Foundation founded by Wyclef Jean

Follow Wyclef Jean on Twitter for updates -“I am on my way to the D R to get to haiti Please urge you council men governors etc we need a state of emergency for haiti www.yele.org

BBC News: Haiti devastated by massive earthquake

BBC News: Haiti quake: The worst of places for a big tremor

BBC News: In pictures: Haitian earthquake

NYTimes: Earthquake hits Haiti – New York Times World Slide Show

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Written by doorr

January 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

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