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.
The United States will provide both military and civilian disaster assistance to Haiti following the devastating earthquake there, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.
“The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families and their loved ones,” Clinton said at the start of a speech on Asian relations in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A major earthquake, of magnitude 7 or higher, is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage. The quake was quickly followed by two nearby, strong aftershocks of initial magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5.
A tsunami watch for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and parts of Cuba following the earthquake has been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
A friend of mine from high school is doing missionary work in Haiti with his wife and their daughter Lily. I pray they are safe and sound.