January 14th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

Satellite pictures of the devastation

Buildings were reduced to rubble and their inhabitants trapped in the debris.

Buildings were reduced to rubble and their inhabitants trapped in the debris.

Phil Han

Updated satellite imagery of Port-au-Prince has helped to reveal the full extent of the widespread devastation caused by Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Search engine giant Google updated its Google Maps imagery of Haiti on Thursday in the hopes it will help aid organizations involved in the recovery and relief effort.

The startling before-and-after photos show entire sections of Port-au-Prince completely destroyed and football fields which have become refugee camps.

Google said it updated the images to try to make things easier for people trying to locate loved ones or for groups to deliver supplies.

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"Because of the awfulness and the intensity of the situation we wanted to make sure we could help," a Google spokesperson told CNN.

"We wanted to give those services that are helping people the most up-to-date images available."

In one set of photos, the Presidential Palace is clearly shown to have sustained major damage.

In another photo, an entire neighborhood of Port-au-Prince is destroyed.

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  1. Valentina

    It is so sad
    I am only 16 I was born in Haiti and looking at these pictures I can't stop crying. May God Bless Everybody In Haiti the victims and also the people who are helping us .

    January 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  2. steve roth

    Anderson, my cousin is trapped under rubble there and there's no help on the street, can you please send someone to help all of them. He's at 47 fontamara his name is ricaro saint pierre dob 4-22-82 please help anyway you can

    January 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  3. michael

    trying to find out how to getover there to help are their any organizations
    that need physical man power to help these human beings that have been so devastated.some of us have no money to give but would like to help in any other way

    January 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  4. Bridgett Keim

    Thank-you Anderson for all you and your team are doing to get the news of this devastating occurance out to us. Stay safe and I'll be watching. I will rest easier when all of you are back home in the U.S.

    God's Blessings as you continue to inform us.

    January 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  5. Donna Potoski

    Your reporting has been excellent, even seeing the photos of of some that died, showswhat true emergency there is. Local & national news shows help is being organized more quickly than past diasters I hope this is true. Folsom, California

    January 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  6. charles hong

    just terrible

    January 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  7. Calvin clarke

    This is so disturbing

    January 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  8. Robin Keele

    I feel for the people of Haiti, however, I think the President is out of his mind to give $100 million. Give $100 million to the American people who are out of work and losing their homes, committing suicide!! Give $100 million to American small businesses so they don't go out of business. America doesn't have $100 million where is this money coming from. Maybe Mrs. Obama should watch her spending and we can use the money she overspends to send to Haiti!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  9. Jeanie

    I know there are many reporters there, have you organized to mark where you know there are people burried alive? It may save time, you have had the advantage of many hours.

    January 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |