SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Haiti | International | Front Page

Wed Jan 13 2010 (Updated 01/16/10) More Than 100,000 Feared Dead After 7.0 Earthquake Hits Haiti
Largest Earthquake in 200 Years Devastates Haiti On January 12th, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The earthquake was centered ten miles southwest of Haiti's capital Port-Au-Prince and was the largest earthquake to strike the Caribbean nation in more than two centuries. Buildings have collapsed and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN he believed more than 100,000 people have died. Among the buildings that collapsed were the Presidential Palace, the UN headquarters and at least one hospital in the capital.

The earthquake struck around 5:00pm and was followed by at least 27 aftershocks, the largest two of which were 5.9 and 5.5 in magnitude. René Préval, the president of Haiti, has described how he had been forced to step over dead bodies and heard the cries of those trapped under the rubble of the national parliament. "Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed," he told the Miami Herald. "There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."

The last time an earthquake of this magnitude hit the south of Hispaniola, the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, was in 1751. USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano has called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti. According to Moreau de Saint-Méry, while "only one masonry building had not collapsed" in Port-au-Prince during the 1751 earthquake, "the whole city collapsed" during the earthquake of 1770 earthquake. The city of Cap-Haïtien and other cities in the northern part of Haiti and the Dominican Republic were destroyed in an earthquake in 1842. In 1946, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck the Dominican Republic and also shook Haiti, producing a tsunami that killed 1,790 people.

imc_audio.gif Democracy Now Coverage: 1/13 | 1/14 | 1/15 | imc_audio.gifFlashpoints Coverage

Remember When We Talked About Imperialism? | WSWS: Major earthquake devastates Haitian capital | Haiti earthquake feared to have killed many | Haiti's National Palace Collapsed In Earthquake

Haiti Action: An Urgent Appeal from the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund | Allow Aristide to return to Haiti now

Wikipedia: 2010 Haiti Earthquake | imc_audio.gifUSGS: Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Strikes Haiti | Haiti911 Photos

08/23/14 Defendants Prohibited from Working with Animals, Still Face Felony Animal Cruelty Charges   Central Valley
08/21/14 Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship​ Forced to Leave Oakland Port   Labor & Workers | International | Palestine
08/16/14 Sam Farr Votes Again and Again to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Military Ties   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/16/14 WeCopwatch Reports on Protests and Police Abuses from Ferguson, Missouri   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
08/12/14 Youth Press Conference in San Francisco Calls Attention to Children at the Border   International | Americas | Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Homeless Activists Urge ACLU to Take More Principled Stand on Criminalization of Sleep   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/09/14 Environmentalists, Farmers, Tribal Leaders Call for New Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR   Environment & Forest Defense | California
08/09/14 Latino Activists Demonstrate in Solidarity with Children Detained by U.S., Killed in Gaza   Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Community Calls for End to U.S. Funded, Seven-Year Siege by Israel's Military   Palestine
08/05/14 'Operation Chill' Provides Santa Cruz Police with New Weapon: Free Slurpees   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/04/14 Three-Time Killer Reinstated After Being Fired for Throwing CS Flash-Bang at Scott Olsen   Police State and Prisons