Haiti Earthquake: Port au Prince Shattered by 7.0 Tremblor
A powerful earthquake, magnitude 7.0, hit Haiti just before 5pm ET on Tuesday. The earthquake caused a major disaster for the poorest nation in the hemisphere. It has been called a disaster of major proportions. According to CBS/AP, Three Million Haitians have been affected by the quake.
According to AFP the collapse of the UN Headquarters killed the mission chief. AFP believes no one survived in the building. This was confirmed by CBC Newsnet. At least 15 peacekeepers from Jordan, Brazil and China have also been killed.
Communications were all but non-existent and scores of dead lay in the streets and rubble of the troubled nation. The country will require major relief efforts to restore it to normalcy.
Structures crumbled, including a major hospital in the capital. UN headquarters was also destroyed. Non Government Organizations (NGOs) will have a big job on Wednesday morning to assess the damage and the extent of relief operations required.
Countries around the world are gearing up to send aid and disaster relief. Clean potable water and medical supplies, including temporary medical facilities will be needed to help.
The Canadian government has pledged assistance and has contacted trusted agencies to determine the amount of assistance needed and is prepared to send its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). Countries around the world, including the United States, France and Canada have pledged assistance.
The epicentre of the quake was about 15 km (10 miles) from the capital. Communications and electricity are still down.
This morning, 6pm local time it is still dark but initial reports indicate that the damage is massive. Medical staff have set up local clinics to assist the wounded.
The UN, which would normally be able to assist, has incurred major damage and has several personnel missing.
Aid agencies estimate that the full picture of the damage will not be known for 24 to 48 hours.
Haiti's population is 9 Million about 80% of its people live below the poverty line.
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Canadians requiring information can call 1-800-387-3124. Department of Foreign Affairs Disaster Information Centre.
Americans that need help can call 1-888-407-4747
The Website Handsacrosshaiti can be used by Humanitarian Support groups to locate personnel that may have been lost during the aftermath of the earthquake.
NP Editor Yuliya Talmazan published the Breaking News yesterday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Dazed and injured Haitians sat on darkened streets pleading for help Wednesday and untold numbers were trapped in tons of rubble brought down by the strongest earthquake to hit this poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years.
The extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor was far from clear – and estimating the number of casualties was impossible, save for the dead lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital.
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