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Devastating earthquake hits Port-au-Prince

January 13, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude estimated at 7.0 struck 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince leaving most the country in rubble. The Associated Press reported that parts of Haiti’s National Palace collapsed. There are also reports saying that a hospital in Pétionville, a hillside district of the capitol, collapsed. The United Nations reported late this evening that their headquarters were severely damaged and people were missing.

The worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years leaves Port-au-Prince in darkness tonight. The New York Times reported that electricity is out, telephones are not working and relief workers struggled to make their way through streets blocked by rubble.

The Global Institute at the University of Miami is partnering with Project Medishare who is gathering reports from Haiti and monitoring events. An emergency medical team is currently being assembled and will be placed on standby if needed.

In Country Director for The Global Institute and Project Medishare Director Ellen Powers said contact has been made with staff in Thomonde and early reports are that everyone is safe.

The Global Institute and Project Medishare are organizing a trauma team to head to Haiti tomorrow.

If you would like to donate to the support the medical efforts in Haiti click here.

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