Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, centered about 10 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Additional information resources
For additional background on the economic and political conditions in Haiti, please see the following library online resources:
- Denis, Watson. “Haiti.” Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (2008): 616-632. http://0-go.galegroup.com.rosi.unk.edu/ps/i.do?id=GALE|CX3078902722&v=2.1&u=unl_kearney&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w (accessed January 21, 2010).
- “Haiti.” Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2007): 303-317. http://0-go.galegroup.com.rosi.unk.edu/ps/i.do?id=GALE|CX2586700161&v=2.1&u=unl_kearney&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w (accessed January 21, 2010).
- Katel, Peter. “Haiti’s Dilemma.” CQ Researcher Online 15, no. 7 (February 18, 2005): 149-172. http://0-library.cqpress.com.rosi.unk.edu/cqresearcher/cqresrre2005021800 (accessed January 21, 2010).
The Census Bureau has numerous resources providing demographic and socioeconomic information not only on Haitians living in the United States, but on Haiti itself, posted at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/emergencies/index.html.
Google Earth Library has posted a page containing links to maps and GIS data related to this earthquake at: http://www.gelib.com/haiti-earthquake.htm.
How you can help
A number of international agencies are currently engaged in relief operations in Haiti. If you would like to contribute financially to these efforts, please consider these organizations:
- American Red Cross
To donate, go to RedCross.org. You also can text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund. The money will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti. Or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
- Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres)
To donate, go to Doctorswithoutborders.org or call 1-888-392-0392.
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF
To donate, go to Unicefusa.org or 1-800-4-UNICEF.