Haiti earthquake: Twitter feeds from Port-au-Prince, elsewhere

Foreign governments and international aid organizations are mobilizing to send assistance to Haiti, after the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the impoverished island nation devastated much of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

U.N. officials in New York said the number of dead could easily reach into the thousands, with unknown numbers of people believed trapped in collapsed buildings.

Here are the latest posts on the Haiti earthquake, including news reports from Port-au-Prince, descriptions of relief efforts, requests for help, and links to photos from Twitter users:

January 12, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  | Category:  world
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This is going to be a huge test of the Administration and of the world's capacity to respond to massive disasters.

Remember, during the Bush Years, it took 5 days for the government to get bottled water to New Orleans.

How long will it take to get it to Haiti?

Posted by: thardman | January 12, 2010 9:13 PM

Luckily there isn't much to break in Haiti and they are a democracy. A free people will respond to help those in need and rebuild their society.

Posted by: jeansmith2 | January 13, 2010 12:08 AM

I would not be at all surprised if it is shown that this earthquake is related to gold/silver/copper mining in Haiti. Western corporations are mining all over Haiti, and could have corrupted some volcanic fault lines over a long period of time, triggering this quake. Of course, if this is found to be true, don't expect to hear about on the 6 o'clock news.

Posted by: demtse | January 13, 2010 7:54 AM

We need to help the people help themselves. We need a Map of the area and equip the uninjured. We need the Telecommunication companies to send cell phone batteries and cell phones to the people and put it in their hands so they can communicate back to us what is needed. We need the uninjured to upload pictures and form a sort of community watch and assign them to areas until we have covered all of the affected areas. We need the retired in U.S. to come together and pass their expertise and knowledge to the people on the ground. Rolling Medical Trucks and Rolling Food and Health trucks , rapid response vehicles need to be moved in. Organize the people and that will help us get to the injured within the 48 hours.

Posted by: GAPRDDESC | January 13, 2010 11:04 AM

I hope in the rebuilding efforts they build to withstand Tsunami, Earthquake 8.0 or higher, and have more green space. I hope the plan is to have every resident replant one tree all 9 million plant a tree. Can the land continue to hold 9 million? How will this affect their neighbors?

Posted by: GAPRDDESC | January 13, 2010 11:27 AM

I'm in Cabarete on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Where we are staying, we noticed our pool sloshing back and forth and thought maybe it was about to overflow. But, no sadly, we were witnessing the where where we are near the beach shifting in horizontal waves. Most people here felt the quake and had mild shaking in the their houses. What we feared most was the tsunami
warning as there are beach resorts all along this coast and old Dominican towns and villages. The Tsunami watch people in Hawaii were excellent at letting media people know they were out of danger, thus averting panic.
So sad, this town usually rocks at night ---- merengue music in the bars all along the beach ---. Last night, it was quiet, out of respect for the tragedy in Haiti. And it has been raining here
for ten days straight, with one day of bright sunlight.
Great great reporting on your site. We really needed to know what's going on and we got it from you.

Posted by: crz300 | January 13, 2010 1:10 PM

..what is the point of all of these pointless, redundant "tweets"?

Posted by: davis_renee | January 13, 2010 2:33 PM

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