The Destruction in Haiti Print

7.0 Earthquake devastates Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a major magnitude 7.0 quake devastated Haiti, the epi-center 10 miles south-west of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, a city of close to 3,000,000 people.

With the highest levels of poverty and exploitation in the Americas, Haiti has long been one of the most devastated countries in the Americas, beset regularly by political and natural crisis and disasters. After the initial earthquake, 27 aftershocks followed, up to 5.0 on the richter scale.

The General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the National Palace, the Cathedral and UN buildings collapsed.

We ask that you hold the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers today -- and in the weeks and months to come, as well, as they recover from this devastating blow.

Emergency Fundraising

SOA Watch is joining other Latin America and Caribbean Solidarity and human rights groups in raising funds for food and water, health and shelter relief for those affected by the earthquake and for community re-building efforts. To contribute to the Haiti earthquake relief, click here to donate online, call us with your credit card information or send a check or money order with "Haiti" in the memo field to SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017
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Aid Workers Scramble Amid Haiti's Chaos by Liz Robbins, The New York Times

Raw video: Devastation after the earthquake in Haiti WARNING: Graphic footage

Haiti: Earthquake's Death Toll Rises, Disaster Relief Mobilized by ABC News

Wyclef Jean on CNN (audio)

Many casualties expected after big quake in Haiti by Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press

Fears of huge death toll as earthquake rocks Haiti
Presidential palace and hospital among buildings reported to have collapsed
by David Usborne, The Independent


Photo of the collapse Haitian national palace

Photo of the Cathedral of Port au Prince