Profound loss of life expected due to catastrophic earthquake in Haiti

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 6:18 am

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday (Tuesday) is being called a catastrophe. First lady of Haiti Elisabeth Debrosse Delatour has stated that much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, has been destroyed.

The official number of casualties has not been reported, but it is expected to be profound.

The first lady was quoted as saying that “she was all right and the president was all right, and most government officials were all right because this thing happened after hours, and most of the government buildings that have collapsed, collapsed after the employees were out…the bad news is that she said most of Port-au-Prince is destroyed, and she’s calling for some help in the form of a hospital ship off the coast of Port-au-Prince, just in the same way that the United States had helped us in 2008 after four hurricanes hit Haiti in three weeks.”

Amongst the destroyed buildings included the U.N. peacekeeper compound which housed at least 250 people. The Hotel Montana, housing several hundred tourists, was also destroyed The Red Cross has estimated that 3 million people were affected by yesterday’s quake. The United States will begin sending teams and assistance to Haiti today.

Photographer Frederic Dupoux wrote on his Twitter: “Everybody is camping in the streets of Port-au-Prince sleeping under the stars to wake up from an awful nightmare. It’s really ugly, just like in a bad dream. People need help, get out and help!”

Below is some video of the aftermath of the quake. Warning: the content is disturbing and contains images of people with blood on them.