Hello and happy Wednesday everyone, hope you’re all doing alright! Unfortunate news continues to pour out of Haiti today after the major 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the city on Tuesday. It is a bad situation only getting worse. This was the strongest quake to hit the region in over 200 years. Many buildings have collapsed including the Presidential Palace. Take a look at the before and after photos:
Universities and hospitals have completely collapsed and a new report for the tiny nation is saying that all of the hospitals in Port-Au-Prince have either collapsed or have been abandoned. The death toll continues to rise and with little in the way of immediate medical help there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of deaths in the coming days/weeks/months following this tragedy. The prison in Port-Au-Prince was also reported to have collapsed with escaped inmates walking around the city.
Location of Quake:
Social Networking Sites Flooded with Information After Disaster
I thought the most interesting thing about this whole situation was the way the information was being disseminated from ground zero in the first few hours after the quake hit. Social Networking sites were the only way some were able to get the word out by using cell phones… Just goes to show you the power of those social networking websites doesn’t it? TroyLiveSay is a missionary living in Haiti right now who was Tweeting all night/morning long with the latest updates. He reported feeling aftershocks all night long. The USGS is saying that these aftershocks may last for an additional MONTH!
Extended Forecast for Haiti is HOT
The bad news is that the extended forecast calls for very warm temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, but there should be any rain. This island consists of 9 million people with 2 million of those people living in the Port-Au-Prince area, which makes the living conditions tight.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this situation in one way or another.
Take care out there,
Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC