International donor nations are rallying around the aid effort to Haiti, and President Obama announced today that this is a "moment that cries out for U.S. leadership." An estimated 50,000 are feared dead in the aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude quake Tuesday evening. The U.S. has promised to send $100 million in aid. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Kocher.
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Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake will exacerbate conditions for residents of Haiti, where around 80 percent of 9 million people live below the poverty line. Buildings in Port-au-Prince have suffered extensive damage, while water and electricity are near collapse. See footage of the collapsed U.N. headquarters, and watch Al Jazeera English analysis of the quake.
Worldfocus contributing editor Peter Eisner writes about the devastation in Haiti. Some stories and events exceed the ability to use adjectives to capture the depths. We cannot gild words or exaggerate the story of the Haiti earthquake. How do you approach the horror, the tragedy and the suffering in any coherent way?
At least 715 people are confirmed dead after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the government says thousands more may still be trapped under the rubble. Rescue workers are trying to cope.
In Asia, Typhoon Morakot has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before it caused widespread destruction in several countries, from China to the Philippines. Meanwhile, Japan has been hit with a series of powerful earthquakes.
After an earthquake struck central Italy in April, killing more than 300 people and displacing 65,000, more than a thousand survivors are still living in tents. A Worldfocus contributing blogger visits the town of L’Aquila in Italy and describes the efforts of volunteers.
Tuesday is the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck China's Sichuan Province one year ago. Peter Kwong of Hunter College discusses what Chinese citizens have done to hold the government accountable in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Officials in China have released the names of 5,335 children who died in the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province last year, many of them in classrooms that crumbled in the quake. Parents and activists disputed the findings.
A strong earthquake struck central Italy overnight, killing at least 207, injuring more than 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Italy had earlier dismissed a scientist who predicted a devastating earthquake.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger argues that the Indian government was held accountable for security faults in the wake of Mumbai attacks, while China has avoided dealing with accusations of corruption following the Sichuan earthquake.