Tuesday afternoon, January 12th, the worst earthquake ever (7.0 in magnitude) struck less than 10 miles from the Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Structures of all kinds were damaged, from shantytown homes to national landmarks. It’s still very early in the recovery effort, but millions are likely displaced, and thousands are feared dead as rescue teams from all over the world are now descending on Haiti to help where they are able.
You can also join recovery efforts mobilizing around the world to assist earthquake victims. Your donation will help disaster victims rebuild their lives and their communities. e.g. Google will donate $1 million to help organizations provide relief. To make donation check this link or Google’s Main Page.
Here are some photos from Haiti over the past 24 hours. [via Boston]
A Haitian woman is covered in rubble on January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A fire breaks out near a building, which was damaged after a major earthquake struck, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 12, 2010.
Buildings are seen damaged in the neighborhood of Petionville, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, January 12, 2010.
A quake-destroyed building in the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on January 12th, 2010.
Haitians walk past damaged buildings on January 12, 2010.
A view of the badly damaged presidential palace – the center portion formerly 3 stories tall, Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 13, 2010.
A injured child receives medical treatment after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010.
Residents search for victims after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010.
Venezuelan rescuers load medical equipment onto a plane heading to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 13, 2010 at the Simon Bolivar international airport in Caracas.
Taiwan rescue teams stand by at the fire department in Taipei on January 13, 2010 as they prepare to head to Haiti to help with the rescue effort following an earthquake.
Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue team load equipment in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles January 12, 2010. The team will travel to Haiti to help with rescue efforts.