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Social media gives victim a voice. With many of the official lines of communication down, user-generated content played an important role yesterday in spreading news about the Haiti earthquake.

social media gives victim a voice

Social media partly made up for the lack of information from the affected area on what had happened and what was most needed. Live blog Guardian. 7.50am: The earthquake has cut much of the communication to Haiti including airports, but harrowing eyewitness accounts have emerged.

live blog Guardian

"Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing, it's total chaos," said Joseph Guyler Delva, a Reuters reporter. This footage which appears to show a dust cloud from a destroyed urban area appeared on YouTube. Edpilkington (Edpilkington) Will be leaving. MapRefugees leave Port au Prince.

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Davos2010: ClintonAppeal. Former US President Bill Clinton has made a renewed appeal for aid at a special session on Haiti at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CNN. NYT New York Times. Pierre Côté (pierrecote) Pierre Cote (pierrecote) on Qik. Haiti locals. Reporters Sans Frontières. Pierre Côté: Reporters Without Borders... Reporters Sans Frontières. Reuters Haiti live blog. Cholera outbreaks stark reminder to get serious about sanitation By Margaret Batty Most incidents of cholera are preventable with safe water, proper sanitation and food safety Malawi to enact law banning child marriage By Faiza Jama Mohamed Alile was just 14 when her family forced her to marry her rapist.

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The new law will help protect girls from the same fate. As islands face destruction, it's time to divest By Kathy Jetnil- Kijiner, Marshall Islands Around the Pacific, activists are mobilising to protect their homes Forest loss is behind Brazil’s drought By Louis Verchot, CIFOR The science is clear when it comes to what's causing Brazil's worsening droughts Post-Ebola: What does the recovery look like?

By Tessie San Martin The conversation about "what next? " is in full swing with frontline country governments, donors, and partners on the ground. Clinton to FBN: “We’re Setting up a ‘Haiti Desk’ Here” « L. Haiti quake TwitterPict ures. An outpouring of well wishes and support for the Haitian people has swept the web in the wake of a devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. And just like during the Eureka earthquake, tweets have quickly spread moving and gut-wrenching TwitPics of the disaster. Photos taken by journalist @CarelPedre on his mobile phone are providing a glimpse into the devastation that has slammed the Caribbean nation.

Another Twitter user, @MarvinAdy, shared those pictures through TwitPic, resulting in tens of thousands of views and countless retweets. There are also thousands of Facebook and Twitter updates on the disaster appearing every minute. Survey the Damage in Haiti With Google Earth. You can now get a satellite's-eye view of the devastation in Haiti with Google Earth.

Survey the Damage in Haiti With Google Earth

Google worked with satellite imaging company GeoEye to put together a map layer file that provides up-close views of the wreckage of government buildings and more in the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince. Download the file to check it out. It's in KML format, and it should load in Google Earth automatically if you have that desktop app installed.

Alternatively, you can just pull it up in the web-based Google Maps app. WSJ 3Maps Interactive Haiti. USATODAY IntrctiveMap. ESAsatellite map Haiti earthquake. Port-au-Prince, Haiti First satellite map of Haiti earthquake 14 January 2010 A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on 12 January, causing major casualties and damage.

ESAsatellite map Haiti earthquake

The quake was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes over 5.0. Such a powerful earthquake can make current maps suddenly out of date, causing additional challenges to rescue workers on the ground. NewSatellite maps of Haiti coming in. Damage around Port-au-Prince, Haiti New satellite maps of Haiti coming in 15 January 2010.

NewSatellite maps of Haiti coming in

USAtoday interactiMap. SMSdonations % Map USA. TED: How you can help. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz. TED Ushahidi aggregates disseminates. The TED Blog today spoke with Patrick Meier, who is part of the team at Ushahidi working to bring information about the Haiti earthquake crisis to Haitians (those inside and outside the country), the press, humanitarian relief workers, governments, and concerned people worldwide.

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(TED Senior Fellow Erik Hersman, TED speaker Ory Okolloh and TED Senior Fellow Juliana Rotich co-founded the organization.) Partners In Health (PIH), Health Care for the Poor. PartnersInHe alth Updates. Partners In Health (PIH_org) Latimes/Haiti QuakeList. Strong Aftershock Hits Haiti, Facebook Users Pour Out Their Supp. A new wave of panic hit the streets of Haiti this morning as a strong aftershock unleashed even more destruction on the ravaged country. This secondary quake was estimated at 6.1 magnitude , but reports on further damage aren’t yet available. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, today’s earthquake was centered 26 miles west-northwest of Jacmel. As military personnel are trying to keep order in the streets of Port-au-Prince, the secondary quake raises further concerns of riots and violence breaking out in the Haitian capital.

With Twitter currently being flaky, many users have turned to Facebook to point out the news and express their support . Médias-Presse.