Renaissance postponed (earthquake in Haiti)

…there were growing reports of mass destruction — a hospital is believed to have collapsed, along with a sections of the National Palace. Haitian President René Préval is said to be seeking safe haven on the island…

Part of the road to Canape Vert has collapsed, as have houses in the mountains of Petionville, where the quake was centered. Petionville is a suburb some 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, the capital.

Several aftershocks have followed, according to The Associated Press.

The article is here; Twitter updates are here.  There are reports that the major government buildings, among many other structures, have collapsed.  Most buildings of more than one story are down; Richard Morse reports: "people in large numbers are singing prayers downtown"  The UN mission building has collapsed as well.


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