Haiti earthquake breaks buildings and hearts

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The first Associated Press reporters in Port au Prince, Haiti, after its powerful earthquake say it's a city devastated.

Everything from simple shacks to the National Palace have collapsed. Tens of thousands have lost their homes in a country where building standards are almost nonexistent.

Many gravely injured people sit in the streets, pleading for doctors. At a wrecked hospital, people screamed for help. Thousands gathered in public squares late into the night, singing hymns and weeping.

The scope of the disaster remains unclear, and even a rough estimate of the number of casualties is impossible yet. Among the missing are U.N. personnel. The U.S. is rushing in search and rescue teams and other aid.

The 7.0 quake struck late Tuesday afternoon.








A national organization of registered nurses is calling for nurse volunteers to assist residents of earthquake devastated Haiti.

In a statement Tuesday, National Nurses United Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said the organization needs nurses throughout the U.S. to join in this critical effort.

Through the Registered Nurse Response Network, the organization says it hopes to send nurses to provide emergency short term and long term medical support as it has in previous major disasters.

The organization says details are still being worked out, but nurses can sign up at the NNU Web site, www.nationalnursesunited.org.

The earthquake that plunged Haiti into darkness is another blow to a nation that's seen more than its share of misery.

Endemic instability, murderous dictators, more than 30 coups and a seemingly endless series of hurricanes and other natural disasters have claimed countless souls over Haiti's tumultuous

206-year history.

It's the poorest country in the Americas, and utterly dependent on foreign aid. And now a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit what is now Haiti since 1770. Initial reports on its destruction are


The largest recorded earthquake in modern times on the island of Hispaniola, which includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic, was an 8.1 temblor in 1946 that produced a tsunami and killed 1,790

people. That one was centered in the Dominican Republic.


News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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