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I personally send my condolences to all those who have been struck by and have lost loved ones to this tragedy…may those who have perished rest in peace and to those who have survived maintain a warrior’s spirit in the face of such a tremendous, tragic event and the difficult aftermath that lies ahead…I hope those who can help…help… by whichever means they can afford… from donations to even a prayer. It all helps.

– C-EYE (CrookFromThe Brook)

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The magnitude 7.0 quake — the most powerful to hit Haiti in a century — struck shortly before 5 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

Several eyewitnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, where concrete-block homes line steep hillsides. There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect “serious loss of life,” department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

“The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best,” the ambassador, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN.

Pictures sent to CNN’s iReport show homes and small businesses in Haiti that have collapsed.

CNN

Haitian rapper Wyclef pleads for relief and support for his native country of Haiti.

American Red Cross Haiti relief can be offered by phone. The numbers to call are 1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-257-7575.

If you prefer to mail your American Red Cross Haiti earthquake relief contribution, the address is:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington D.C. 20013

To find out more about making an American Red Cross Haiti donation, click here to visit their website.

Also

Wyclef’s  Yéle Haiti Foundation is accepting donations at their website at Yele.org.  You can also text 501501 to offer assistance to the Yéle Haiti Foundation which will automatically donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund  (it will be charged to your cell phone bill).

 

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