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Haiti Earthquake Topics

On January 12th, 2010, Haiti was devastated by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake, causing of one of the worst natural disasters in history. Up to 300,000 were killed and more than 1.5 million left homeless. See all of our coverage below, from the immediate aftermath of the disaster to recovery and reconstruction efforts and the long-term effects of the disaster.

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    In the airport in Port-au-Prince, huge pallets of aid, including medical supplies, food and water, sit in fields around the tarmac. Amy Goodman reports on how hundreds of cases of bottled water are being delivered to the US embassy. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 21, 2010 | Story
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    All the prisoners jailed at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince escaped in the earthquake. We speak with leading Haitian human rights attorney Mario Joseph, who says 80 percent of all prisoners in Haiti were not charged with a crime. We also speak with Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health about the issue of prisons. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 21, 2010 | Story
  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Tè tremblé is Haitian Creole for “earthquake.” Its literal translation: “The earth trembled.” After the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, the stench of death is everywhere.
    Jan 20, 2010 | Columns & Articles
  • Haiti-hospitalbed
    One week after Haiti suffered the worst earthquake in over 200 years, a strong aftershock hit this morning. Initial reports said the latest quake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale — one of the strongest aftershocks since the 7.0-magnitude quake crippled this country eight days ago. While tens of thousands of the wounded await medical help, the survivors are still burying the dead. The death toll is now estimated at a staggering 200,000....
    Jan 20, 2010 | Story
  • Kim-ives-democracynow
    Shortly after Haiti was hit by a 6.1 aftershock earlier today, Amy Goodman and Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté report from the Port-au-Prince airport. Amy and Kim discuss how centuries of Western domination of Haiti has worsened the impact of the devastating earthquake, from the harsh reaction to Haiti’s independence as a republic of free slaves in 1804 to the US-backed overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Ives says,...
    Jan 20, 2010 | Story
  • Injured-haiti
    "There are no security issues," says Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health, reporting from the General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, where 1,000 people are in need of operations. Lyon said the reports of violence in the city have been overblown by the media and have affected the delivery of aid and medical services. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story
  • Jazeera-haiti
    The US military has taken control of the only airport in Port-au-Prince and is facing criticism for diverting some aid planes. Doctors Without Borders says five of its planes carrying surgical teams and equipment weren’t allowed to land and were diverted to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. US forces also turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital. Al Jazeera English aired this report on Sunday. [includes rush...
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story
  • Danny-glover-democracynow
    Danny Glover is an acclaimed actor, director, producer and longtime friend of Haiti. His directorial debut, Toussaint, focused on the life of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a former slave who became one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story
  • Amy-goodman-haiti
    "Haiti is devastated as if a bomb, many bombs, exploded throughout Port-au-Prince and beyond, where help has not arrived at all," reports Amy Goodman on her travels outside of Port-au-Prince to the epicenter of the earthquake. "The smell of death hangs in the air." [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story
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    Sharif reports Haitians are growing increasingly frustrated by how the United Nations is working with survivors of the earthquake. "They’re not interacting with people in the community," he said. "They’re not interacting with people who can distribute aid effectively in the neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince." [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story