At 16:53 local time on January 12, the Caribbean nation of Haiti was struck by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. In a country routinely referred to as the poorest in the western hemisphere, the devastation has been dramatic and widespread. In addition to the mounting casualties and loss of life and property, the damage to the country's already fragile infrastructure has been severe. The earthquake was centered just outside of Port-au-Prince, the capital, and was followed by several strong aftershocks.
In spite of power outages and interruptions in phone service, and generally poor access to Internet in Haiti, citizen media reports of the earthquake are coming in, with blogs, photos, Twitter, phone, mapping platforms, and streaming video and radio all being used to report conditions.
Please contact Caribbean editor Janine Mendes-Franco.
Firsthand reports from the Global Voices team in Haiti
Feb 1 – Global Voices in Haiti: The Grand Rue Artists, After the Earthquake
Jan 31 – Global Voices in Haiti: Talking to Volunteer Régine Zamor
Jan 30 – Global Voices in Haiti: On Reconstruction
Jan 29 – Global Voices in Haiti: Litmus Test
Jan 29 – Global Voices in Haiti: Arriving in Port-au-Prince
Jan 29 – Global Voices in Haiti: Our Team on the Ground
Selected Global Voices posts about the earthquake
March 8 – Puerto Rico, Haiti: International Women's Day dedicated to Haitian Women
Feb 11 – Haiti: Why All The Stories About Orphans?
Feb 10 – Haiti: Relief Efforts & Dangers
Jan 30 – Haiti: Bloggers’ Reactions to Regional Interventions
Jan 30 – Haiti: Wired Money May Help Rebuild Before Aid
Jan 29 – Haiti: The Politics of Recovery
Jan 28 – Haiti: Security vs. Relief?
Jan 24 – Guatemala: United for Haiti After Earthquake
Jan 23 – Haiti: Teens’ perspectives on the earthquake
Jan 23 – Haiti: “1+1=3”
Jan 22 – Haiti: Shelter Coming Both Too Slow and Too Fast
Jan 21 – Haiti: “We’re all eight days old”
Jan 20 – Haiti: Restoring Communications and Local Media Networks
Jan 20 – Caribbean: Ready for another earthquake?
Jan 20 – Haiti: Aftershock Effects
Jan 19 – Haiti: A Week After the Earthquake
Jan 18 – Haiti: Updates from outside Port-au-Prince
Jan 18 – Brazil: Viewing the Haitian earthquake from without and within
Jan 18 – Haiti: Online Maps Shift from Charting Damage to Targeting Aid
Jan 17 – Haiti: Beyond the Capital
Jan 17 – Haiti: International clashes over humanitarian assistance
Jan 17 – Haiti: Waiting for water
Jan 17 – USA: Haitian Nationals Granted Temporary Protected Status
Jan 16 – Haiti: Instances of “Looting,” but Little Confirmed Evidence of Post-Quake Violence
Jan 16 – Haiti: Citizen Videos of the Aftermath
Jan 16 – Haiti: Time Running Out for Earthquake Survivors
Jan 15 – Haiti: Getting the Word Out
Jan 15 – Haiti: Renowned Haitians announced officially dead
Jan 15 – Haiti: Rescuing Survivors, Searching for the Missing
Jan 15 – Russian Bloggers React to Haiti Earthquake
Jan 14 – Dominican Republic: Helping Neighboring Haiti After Earthquake
Jan 14 – Caribbean: Helping Haiti
Jan 14 – Haiti: Tweets from the Ground
Jan 14 – Puerto Rico: Bloggers grieve over earthquake in Haiti
Jan 14 – Haiti: Le Cap Haitien sends some news
Jan 13 – Haiti: Experiences of the Earthquake
Jan 13 – Diaspora Mobilize to Help Haiti in Earthquake Aftermath
Jan 12 – Haiti: Earthquake!
Jan 12 – In aftermath of earthquake, eyewitness tweets from Haiti
- Haiti: The “White Savior Industrial Complex”
- Haiti: “Better Prisons, Fewer Prisoners”
- Haiti: CARICOM Should Speak Up
- Haiti: Too Fragile to Shoulder the Blame
- St. Vincent, Haiti: Easter Traditions & Changes
- Will Brazil Stem New Tide of Immigration?
- Haitian Artist's “Soliloquy of Chaos”
- Haiti: The Politics of Identity
- Haiti: Will Duvalier Pay?
- Haiti: Like a Phoenix from the Ashes?
- Haiti: Water & Cholera
- Mobile Libraries Help Haitians Overcome Major Earthquake
- Caribbean: What Happened in 2012 (Part 1)
- Coming out of the Water Closet: Haiti on World Toilet Day
- Blogging Contest Focuses on Child Development
- Curated Twitter feed of users based in Haiti
- The “hashtag” #Haiti is being used worldwide for news and information about humanitarian aid
- The “hashtag” #relativesinhaiti is being used by Haitians in the diaspora who are still trying to locate missing relatives
- The “hashtag” #bresma #Haiti gives information about the Bresma Orphanage in Haiti
Haiti blogs covering the earthquake (Haiti-based)
- The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog
- Pour ne pas oublier… (French)
- Le Réseau Citadelle (French)
- Pwojé Espwa – Hope In Haiti
- Haiti, Land of Freedom
- Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center
- how can they hear
- The Life and Times of the Mangine Many
Other blogs about Haiti
- Boston Haitian Reporter | http://www.bostonhaitian.com/
- Haitifeed | http://www.haitifeed.com/
- The Haitian Blogger | http://thehaitianblogger.blogspot.com/
- Dying in Haiti | http://dyinginhaiti.blogspot.com/
- Konbit Pou Ayiti | http://www.konpay.org/
- Lougou Corner | http://lougoucorner.blogspot.com/
- Designer Mama | http://designermama-manaallamano.blogspot.com/
- Le Coin de Pierre [Fr] | http://jfjpm.blogspot.com/
- Dispatches from a fragile island | http://www.haititales.com/
Other information resources
- Wikipedia | Haiti Earthquake
- Ushahidi | Local reports of devastation are being recorded on an online map by UN OCHA/Colombia and the International Network of Crisis Mappers (CM*Net). Submit reports of incidents online. Read about the genesis of the map here.
- US Geological Survey podcast answering questions about the earthquake
- PBS MediaShift | Best Online Resources for Following Haiti News, Taking Action
- CNN's iReport Earthquake rocks Haiti has photos and video, and there is a special section for those seeking loved ones in Haiti.
- The New York Times has a page dedicated to helping locate missing persons in Haiti
- The Lede (The New York Times Blog) posts updates on rescue and recovery in Haiti
- Haiti.org.br | Website by independent Brazilian journalists with updates from both mainstream media and their sources on the ground in Haiti
- ReliefWeb | A preliminary map of damage in Port-au-Prince
- New York Times relief map graphic giving some geological context and highlighting affected areas
- ICRC | Family News Network of the International Committee of the Red Cross, dedicated to helping people find missing relatives in Haiti
- Google Crisis Response | Google's Person Finder for the Haiti earthquake
- ICT4Peace Inventorisation Wiki | A list of resources connected to the earthquake, many of them linked to information on the ground
- Mediahacker | Special coverage page on Haiti updated by an independent multimedia US journalist based in Port-au-Prince
- Radio One Haiti
- Haitipal.com is streaming live video and audio in French and Haitian Creole.
- Metropole Haiti
- Television Nationale d'Haiti
- Radio Kiskeya
- Signal FM
Articles about citizen media and the Haiti earthquake
Jan 15 – Journalism in the Americas | Haiti’s news media begin to rebuild; how to help?
Jan 14 – The Independent | Current Twitter trends: Haiti aid organizations use Twitter to help raise money
Jan 14 – CNN.com | Twitter hoax spreads rumors of airlines’ free flights to Haiti
Jan 14 – USA Today | Facebook, Twitter 2-way ‘lifeline’ for Haiti
Jan 13 – Times Online Twitter's human touch amid the horror of Haiti
Jan 13 – Miami New Times | Silicon Beach: Twitter Hits Ground Running for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Jan 13 – PC World | Tech Tools Tell the Story of Earthquake in Haiti
Jan 13 – Fox News | In Haitian Earthquake Disaster, Twitter Gets the Word Out
Jan 13 – Miami Herald | Testimonials and requests for help from Haiti on the web
Jan 13 – Dan Kennedy – Media Nation | Citizen media and the earthquake in Haiti.
Jan 13 – Columbia Journalism Review | “New” Media Crucial in Aftermath of Haitian Earthquake
Jan 13 – Ethan Zuckerman – My Heart's in Accra | “Following the Haitian earthquake online“