Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

Just less than an hour ago, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake was reported with the epicenter 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. Our embassy in Port-au-Prince is working to account for all of our staff there, but apparently landlines and cell phone communication. We have heard that some buildings across from the embassy have collapsed.

Please keep the people of Haiti, particularly those who are serving our country there, in your thoughts and prayers.

And from Secretary Clinton just moments ago:

Before I begin with this critically important subject about our future in Asia, I want to just say a few words about developments in Haiti. We are still gathering information about this catastrophic earthquake, the point of impact, its effect on the people of Haiti. 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.