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Major earthquake hits Haiti

This gallery collects all of our photos of the crisis in Haiti, starting with the most recent images and going back to the first photos that emerged after an earthquake hit the impoverished nation Jan. 12.

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For Haitian songstress, the show must go on
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- This was not the kind of stage Esceline Belcombe was accustomed to. She sang with sandaled feet planted deep in the dust of a footpath that cuts across a steep hill and turns down toward a river of tattered-cloth shelters.
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Lack of crowd control hampers food delivery
Article | TABARRE, HAITI -- For more than 500 people who have banded together in solace and solidarity in a field here, there is no food. At the beginning of the week, a delegation went to the mayor's office, then to the United Nations and back to the mayor.
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As clock ticks, timing and coordination key for emergency teams
Article | The medical relief teams racing to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti are up against a grim biological fact: People trapped and injured are most likely to survive if rescued within 48 hours, and very few people are found alive more than six days after a disaster.
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Washington Haitian community gathers for Mass in Silver Spring
Article | Therese Ridore arrived weeping to Mass for the local Haitian community in Silver Spring on Friday evening.
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Schools' collapse leaves Haiti's future in rubble
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Of the many things taken from this city by the earthquake, few are as threatening to Haiti's future as the near destruction of a school system viewed across society here as the only path to a better life.
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Haiti seeks more food and shelter aid for coming weeks
Article | MONTREAL -- Haiti's government made an emotional appeal for more aid Monday, asking for food to feed 1.5 million people for 15 days, as international donors gathered for a conference here to attempt to organize an orderly path to recovery for the quake-devastated nation.
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In post-quake Haiti, police are now the good guys
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- In the hours and days after the city crumbled and the enfeebled government of Haiti disappeared from public view, a remarkable thing happened here: The police showed up for work.
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A portrait of destruction, a promise for a better future
Article | Since it was devastated by an earthquake Jan. 12, Haiti has been synonymous with death, destruction and misery. But a month later, out from under the rubble has come a sign of the irrepressible human spirit that makes this tragic country someplace special.
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Scientists scour Haiti for clues to past and potential earthquakes
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- As engineers inspect cracked and sagging buildings here, a team of U.S. scientists is probing deeper, hoping to learn what caused the earth to shudder and where it might rumble again.
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Haiti's homeless cry out for relief
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Helta Exanville spent the night in tears, cradling her infant son as a tropical rain drummed on the tarp-and-tin roof overhead. Water leaked relentlessly through the seams, she said, invading her little shelter, soaking her clothes, turning the earthen floor into mud and, in...
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'Mommy and Daddy would come as soon as possible'
Article | For two days, as stories of unfathomable suffering poured out of Haiti, three families in Pella, Iowa, prayed that their children were alive.
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A symbol of stability lies shattered in Port-au-Prince
Article | Before the earthquake, the Hotel Montana was the place to be in Haiti. During coups and crises, it provided air-conditioned shelter from the political storms for the diplomats, spies and aid workers -- and a few heavy-duty criminals -- who gathered nightly at the News Bar under a towering mahogan...
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Concerns about violence in Cite Soleil, Haiti
Video | Citizens of Cite Soleil, a Haitian slum, are concerned that violence may increase in the aftermath of the earthquake. Thousands of criminals escaped when a prison was damaged during the earthquake and many residents believe they will re-engage in criminal activity.
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In Swiss ruling, a thorny breach of neutrality
Article | GENEVA -- In an embarrassment to Switzerland's government, the country's top court said Wednesday that at least $4.6 million from Swiss bank accounts previously awarded to charities must be returned to the family of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.
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Quake upends rules of criminal justice
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haiti's criminal justice system was brought to a standstill by last month's earthquake, which leveled the capital city's courthouse. But crime did not stop, and that has left police commanders with jail cells full of frustrated inmates who have not been given a chance to go...
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A month later, earthquake relief efforts still fall short
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Nearly one month after a powerful earthquake brought this country to a halt, Haiti is tumbling headlong through a crisis that has not begun to abate, with evidence everywhere that current relief efforts are falling short.
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At epicenter of devastation, visions of a new Haiti emerge
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Last month's earthquake battered Reginald Boulos's small empire, destroying one of his supermarkets, badly damaging a hotel and killing two workers at his car dealership.
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Haitian immigrants gather at Miami church after quake
Article | MIAMI -- On the first Sunday after the Haitian earthquake, hundreds of people converged on Notre Dame d'Haiti Catholic Church, the spiritual hub for tens of thousands of Haitians who have migrated to South Florida.
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Medical workers in Florida ramp up to care for Haiti's injured
Article | TAMPA -- Joseph Perno's cellphone started buzzing at 9 a.m. Monday. The county medical coordinator told him to stay sharp. A C-130 cargo plane, carrying 22 seriously injured Haitians, would be arriving at Tampa International Airport that night.
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In Haiti, aid groups show strong teamwork
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Landina Seignon's arm had been removed an inch below her shoulder. Like most performed in the week after the earthquake, hers was a "guillotine amputation" -- a straight cut through flesh and bone that left little cushion for an artificial arm.
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Major earthquake hits Haiti
Photos | This gallery collects all of our photos of the crisis in Haiti, starting with the most recent images and going back to the first photos that emerged after an earthquake hit the impoverished nation Jan. 12.
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Officials hail USAID administrator's crisis management skills
Article | Five days into his new job, Rajiv Shah found himself in the White House Situation Room, seated four chairs from President Obama and overseeing the U.S. government's response to the earthquake that has devastated Haiti.
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Frederick family prepares for new arrival from Haiti
Article | David Hubner was a touch harried as he answered a reporter's phone call Wednesday afternoon.
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Aftershock spurs exodus: 'It is just too scary to stay'
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haitians pushed and clawed onto rusty boats and dented buses by the thousands Wednesday, hoping to escape a capital city newly unnerved by the strongest aftershock since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
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In Haitian capital, U.N. to set up 16 food sites
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Repeatedly stymied in its efforts to deliver food in the stricken Haitian capital, the United Nations announced Saturday that it will establish 16 distribution sites staffed by relief workers and protected round-the-clock by American and other international troops.
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Boulevard of desperation and destruction
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- As long as anyone can remember, the Grand-Rue was the commercial heart of Haiti, a string of stores in the center of Port-au-Prince beating to the rhythm of a people for whom scraping by was the main national industry.
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Digging through the destruction
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Desperate Haitians clawed at the rubble of their ruined capital for a second day Thursday, retrieving their dead and rescuing the living, as an international armada of ships and aircraft struggled to provide food, water, medicine and shelter.
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Digging through the destruction
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Desperate Haitians clawed at the rubble of their ruined capital for a second day Thursday, retrieving their dead and rescuing the living, as an international armada of ships and aircraft struggled to provide food, water, medicine and shelter.
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'For us, the government doesn't exist at all'
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- The news on the radio delivered the latest shock to Ives Sima: The eight-story technical college run by his cousin in the Haitian capital had collapsed in Tuesday's massive earthquake.
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Church crumbles following earthquake
Video | Amateur video shows the chaos and panic just moments after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week. A Brazilian soldier stationed in Port-au-Prince captured the scene. (Jan. 18)
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Triage proves chaotic in earthquake ravaged Haiti
Video | Dozens of U.S. soldiers and doctors volunteer at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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In Haiti, many buildings too unsafe to occupy
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- The Rev. Celestin Jean Robert tried a brave smile as he went from one room to the next and heard the news about his church and school: The prognosis for Assembly of God was mostly bad.
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From rubble, visions of the possibilities
Article | PETIONVILLE, HAITI -- Here on the hills above Port-au-Prince, a vision for a very different capital city is taking shape.
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Girl's rescue offers a rare moment of joy in Haiti
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Fifteen days after an earthquake devastated this nation, a teenage girl was rescued from the rubble of her house -- weak and thirsty -- on a hillside in the capital.
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Eight of 10 missionaries arrive in U.S. after release from Haiti jail
Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Eight of 10 U.S. missionaries jailed in Haiti on charges of child abduction were released on their own recognizance Wednesday pending a continuing criminal investigation and possibly a trial in Haitian courts.
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After trying journey, N.Va. team begins to ease suffering
Article | JACMEL, HAITI -- After 2 1/2 days of travel, over the sea, across borders, in planes so small they had to leave most of their food and water behind, the emergency relief workers from Northern Virginia had finally arrived.

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