Haiti earthquake update

By @ibtimes on

The following are highlights of today's news on Haiti eight days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit: 

Aftershock

An aftershock of a 5.9 magnitude hit Haiti Wednesday morning. The earthquake's magnitude was revised from an original report of 6.1 magnitude. The quake was located 35 miles west-south-west of the nation's capital Port-au-Prince and 6.2 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological survey said. No major damage was reported following the aftershock but fear spread among Haitians.

Survivors

A 5-year-old boy was rescued alive from a collapsed home today. The boy was identified as Monley and doctors said he was suffering severe dehydration but he had no broken bones, CNN reports.
An 8-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister were pulled out alive from the rubble of a collapsed two story building in Port-au-Prince. The children were severely dehydrated and were rushed to an Israeli tent hospital for treatment, CBS News reports.

USNS Comfort

The U.S. Navy's floating hospital, USNS Comfort, arrived off the coast of Haiti today. The ship can handle 30 to 50 patients at a time. It has 12 operating rooms, a 1,000-bed hospital and about 550 medical staff.

Death toll

The death toll from the 7 magnitude earthquake may be higher than 200,000, Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

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