UPDATE, 12:45PM Eastern
Le Monde reports 100,000 dead from the earthquake,, in a country with a population of 10 million. The country has been literally decimated in one afternoon.
In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Following the devastating category 7 earthquake that hit Haiti – the most powerful in Haiti’s history
The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0, occurred about 4:53 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Witnesses reported a series of strong aftershocks
the American Red Cross has a disaster alert
6:20 pm The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.
12:30am (1/13/2010) You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.
or through their International Response Fund.
Raw video from CBS:
The capital of Haiti, Port-Au-Prince has been heavily damaged by an Intensity 7 quake. The Navy will probably play a pivotal role in relief operations because they can move large numbers of hospital beds at 500 miles per day. The real race against time will be for those who are buried alive. The rickety nature of buildings in Haiti may work in the survivor’s favor. Easier to dig them out. Crowbars, reinforcing bars cut in 4 foot lengths and sharpened at the end — all these need to be pressed into service.
I had the misfortune of being in an 8 storey building about 150 miles from the epicenter of an intensity 7.7 quake and I can tell you for a fact that it taught me a great deal about human nature. I was in an open plan office with about 80 people in it. Three persons fell to the ground in complete hysterical panic. By that I mean kicking their feet in the air and writhing on the ground. Three persons went into a state of enhanced consciousness. By that I mean they were taking it all in and thinking. In less time than it takes to blink, the three had made eye contact with each other. The rest were in a state of shock and were literally open-mouthed. In about one or two seconds, the three persons in enhanced consciousness took charge of everything. The remaining seventy odd persons instinctively took their orders from the three and carried the panic stricken like hogs down the stairs.
I made two choices in a split second. One was to adjust my tone and voice to something I estimated would most carry authority; and the other of which was to tell the boys to head for the ground floor instead of the roof. Halfway down the stairs I was wondering whether the wager would come off. The real fear was being buried alive and the question was whether the building would hold up until we got down.
The Salvation Army is also mobilizing in Haiti:
The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via:
• Online Credit Card Donations
• postal mail at:
The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
(*designate checks and money orders to ‘Haiti Earthquake’)
I have supported the Salvation Army in the past, and urge you to contribute to their efforts.
The Anchoress has roundup, more links to aid sources, and updates from in-country.
A friend advised me that Doctors Without Borders lost all three clinics in the country. The Anchoress also linked to that article.