A devastating earthquake
late Tuesday appears to have leveled much of Haiti, hitting capital
city Port-au-Prince especially hard. The rest of the world is springing to action,
but the situation on the ground remains dire as most services,
including the hospital in Pétionville, have been destroyed. The
recovery effort is still ongoing and the extent of the damage remains
With Haitian media reeling along with the rest of the country, many of the best up-to-the minute reports are on Twitter. Here, the Wire gather Twitter-bound reports and photos. Click through thumbnails for full-size photos.
- From 8:00am to 9:30am EST:
CatholicRelief: Readers are using our blog "Voices" to look for missing loved ones
Zabelbok: Phones are working somewhat in Haiti. Can't get a hold of my family though.
Troy Livesay: Leaving to look for a list of people - will try hard to report back.
- From 5:00am to 8:00am EST:
Frederic Dupoux: cell network will be back up hopefully soon. we are helping them bring it back up.
Melinda Yiti: the ocean receded a half mile from the coast by jacmel
Troy Livesay: we hear the Hotel Montana collapsed - we cannot confirm it - did not see it.
- From midnight to 5:00am EST:
Troy Livesay: Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy.
Frederic Dupoux: everybody is camping in the streets of port-au-prince sleeping under the stars to wake up from an awful nightmare.
Troy Livesay: St. Joseph's home for boys is demolished but the boys got out safely. Carbbean market appears to be destroyed. People are out in the streets [...] trying to sleep, pulling people out of the buildings that fell, standing in the middle of the road looking shocked - many walking around [...] covered in dust and debris...we saw a few bodies that had been pulled out of the rubble laying dead in the sidewalk...many others injured
- From midnight EST and earlier:
Isabelle Morse: total darkness except a few invertor lights... the singing is reassuring !
Frederic Dupoux: Just came back from Caribean Super Market. It looks like ground zero. people are trapped it's dark we need light and cell phone service
Troy Livesay: Tipap made it home from Carrefour - saw many dead bodies and injured along the way - said most buidings w/more than one story are down
Isabelle Morse: much destruction on Grand Rue (Ave Dessalines) Daniel Morel's ok. Police Sta, Cathedral, Downtown teleco, Church St Anne all destroyed