Yesterday, at about 5pm, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. According to Arutz Sheva, a witness reported that thousands of bodies were seen strewn on the streets of the destroyed city. According to that report, every two-story building was flattened and the National Palace had collapsed, though reports filtered through that the president of the country was alive. Haitians throughout the world and the United States have been keeping an anxious watch on events in their home country, as this report from Boston.com attests:
With phone networks disrupted in Haiti, those who got through by cellphone were soon disconnected. And with power outages widespread, once cellphone batteries died, there was no way to charge them.
As the local Haitian community awaited word, Raymond Joseph, the Haitian ambassador to the United States in Washington, urged all Haitians to be strong.
According to Arutz Sheva, emergency teams from the United Nations will be arriving on Wednesday to assess the situation. Israel will be joining in the effort to aid the stricken city.
Photos of the events in Haiti can be found at this Twitter site, and at Google, under "Earthquake - Haiti" Twitter reports are coming in regularly. These live images are among the first coming in Haiti, from Sky News via this site.