Aftershocks reverberating, People can only see dust, US sending in military troops, Tsumani warming is no longer in effect.
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Translation: The woman is speaking French, saying: There was an earthquake, she's not injured, but a few things in her house have been broken... she's pointing to a fire (we can only see the smoke) and she repeats she is OK and the other girl is too... in English she says, "The world is coming to an end."
General Hospital in Port-au-Prince is down
The Presidential Palace has collapsed - palè a kraze!
President Renee Preval and his wife escaped injury.
No one knows how many dead or injured.
Report from an HLLN member who was on the phone to Haiti, told us that: "The road to Delmas 60 has collapsed down the mountain burying many homes. The people are screaming for help. Down the hill closer to Teleco there are a lot of UN troops on the street but that many of the roads are blocked with debries from collapsed homes..."
The aftershocks are still revebarating (24 so far according to US Geological Survey)
People can only see dust -pousyè - dust, everywhere.
Obama is sending in military/rescue troops and humanitarian aid.
Phone lines that are working are: Haiti-tel and Voila.
Digicel (cell) tower is down.
No landlines are working. no radio broadcast, no TV broadcast, no electricity...
Tsunami warning still in effect (canceled per CNN)
All windows are shattered in houses in la plaine
Houses are falling down everywhere.
All the poor living on the mountains, in houses build on the mountains, feared suffered heavy, heavy casualty. Our report is that these houses on the mountains tumbled down, one on top another.
A terrible situation! Devastating. There's NEVER been an earthquake of this magnitude in Haiti. Major aftershocks happening...
Nothing works, no one to assist anyone.
No one knows where necessary personnel are.
As of this writing, State Department has little contact with US Embassy compound
There are about 1000 US personnel asigned to the US compound (our info at the time the US Embassy, the fifth largest US Embassy in the WORLD, was opened 2-years ago in Haiti).
There are 9000 UN troops in Haiti.
The quake was quickly followed by two nearby, strong aftershocks of initial magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5.
The aftershocks were major earthquakes in and of themselves.
Someone in Haiti said to me "The area of Karrefour is destroyed...the population of Port au Prince has just been REDUCED, don't know by about how much. Everyone, rich and poor, build on the mountains, all the mountains are down! This is going back to the ground zero."
This is catastrophic. Changes everything.
Some info sourced from: Ezili Danto of HLLN
She also has info on her OpenSalon blog.
Getting some good info from Earthquake Haiti Facebook Group.
Grif has kindly posted links on how you can help on his post: "Please consider texting $10.00 in disaster aid to Haiti."
100 UN Troops trapped in the rubble of the UN building.
Haiti's Senate is trapped in the Presidential National Palace.
The UN mission chief, Hedi Annabi, is missing. Feared dead
Areas hardest hit are within proximity of the National Palace. Carrefour and Delmas. Leogane: reports from the radio station say that all the houses have been destroyed.
First hand accounts and info on effected areas and family seeking loved ones are posted on the discussion board of EARTHQUAKE HAITI.
Anyone seeking live help with finding loved ones can register. read, post or talk to the Radio station livestreaming on the internet: HaitiPal. Their phone numbers in Haiti are: country code 011 - 561-420-6409 and 509-288-4868