Haiti Earthquake Survivor
Photograph by Lisandro Seuro, AFP/Getty Images
A Haitian woman emerges from the rubble on January 12 in the capital Port-au-Prince (Haiti map), which was completely devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake. (Read “Haiti Earthquake ‘Strange,’ Strongest in 200 Years.”)
The Haiti earthquake toppled buildings, including the president’s National Palace, a hospital, and schools, trapping untold numbers in the debris and killing perhaps thousands of others.
After the Haiti earthquake, witnesses described “general mayhem” in the impoverished Caribbean city, which has no electricity, phone service, or passable roads, the New York Times reported.
“We can hear people calling for help from every corner. The aftershocks are ongoing and making people very nervous,” observer Kristie van de Wetering told the Times.
As the dust settles following the Haiti earthquake, experts expect “catastrophic” damage and loss of life, the newspaper said. A third of Haiti’s nine million people may need emergency aid, according to the International Red Cross.
January 13, 2010