...Observers report that the survivors of the disaster appear to be visibly shaken.
The international Red Cross said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.
Ed.-IMO, the "before" and "after" pictures of Haiti kinda look the same...
Obama promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort, Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, is under way and expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti Thursday. Additional U.S. Navy ships are under way to Haiti, a statement from the U.S. Southern Command said.
This is gonna cost a lot of money. Aircraft carriers = tax $$$$$$!
I'm not saying we shouldn't help. Quite the contrary, WE are the ONLY nation on Earth capable of providing aid on such a tremendous scale. Unfortunately this will cost the, already struggling taxpayer. It pains me that Haiti must be the recipient of these funds. (not that I wish the innocent of any nation ill) but we've sent plenty of money to that slum of a country for too long. I'm sure most of it went right into their corrupt and thieving leaders' pockets.
Some, those that consider overpopulation a huge problem, say that earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes,and epidemics are just nature's way of scratching off the itch of the lice we call humanity. Bible-thumping moron Pat Robertson stunned the world by stating that the earthquake was "God's Vengance". Obviously this man is a kook, and I generally dismiss the sewage which spews from his mouth, but he does raise one interesting point. "That island of Hispaniola is one island. It is cut down the middle; on the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic," he said. "Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty."
The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, but no major damage was reported there. What's up with that?