According to several news reports, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake early today at 4:53 PM (this is in Eastern standard time). More details can be found on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Click the tabs to look at maps, details, etc. The epicenter of the quake was located just 10 miles away from Haiti’s capitol city, Port-au-Prince.
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Haiti is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries and will undoubtedly need assistance. CNN has an “Impact Your World Page” with a list of organizations actively involved with aid to Haiti. Other’s listed in various places that seem to be trying to mobilize quickly is the Red Cross, AmeriCares, and Yele Haiti, an organization started by Wyclef Jean who is a native of Haiti. From what I’ve read so far, it sounds like World Vision and AmeriCares maintains employees directly in Haiti.
I find it can be hard to decide which organizations to focus on for donations or other involvement based on an inability to always know exactly how money will be utilized. If anybody has some more in-depth knowledge, I’d be open to any informative comments.