January 12th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/12/10

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We have breaking developments on the earthquake in Haiti. The U.S. State Department has been told to expect a "huge loss of life." Witness in the Haitian capital have reported heavy damage and dead bodies in the streets.

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  1. Diann Smith

    My daughter, Jessica, age 28 has been in Haiti since Dec 28 at a mission in the La Croix area. I have received word from someone in the states that she is ok, but of course will feel better when I have direct contact with her. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Haiti and those who are on their way to help and report, be safe.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Denva!!!!!!!! Me too!!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Adelaide

    Good luck to Anderson in haiti.
    good luck to Haiti.
    good night blogers!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Chris

    My prayers go to my poor Lil Haiti, Plz God protect the ppl let there b no more earthquakes....Thanks to CNN for letting us know what is going on in our country and everyone supporting Haiti!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  5. Debbie

    I just wanted to report that my husband is in Haiti right now too. He is a physician from Michigan on a medical mission trip in Ouanaminthe Haiti. It is located about 200 miles from Port Au Prince. (It is on the northern border of Haiti and the Dominican). He called me tonight to tell me they did feel the earthquake at the hospital-many in the clinic ran out screaming. There was no structural damages. They have also felt the many aftershocks as well. Because they are so far away and travel is so poor(under "normal" conditions it would take 12 hours to get to Port Au Prince) they are unable to leave their city and go help.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  6. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    As all of us go to sleep tonight in our warm beds lets thank god for our good fortune and pray for those in Hattie .

    January 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Jessica Y. Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    My thoughts and prayers with Haiti & neighbors! HUGS

    January 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  8. Marty

    Was the quake also felt in Cuba, a very poor place nearby?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  9. Emily

    Have a great night Devna AC360°, Jessica Yellin, AC360°Team, Megan, Martina, Mike & all Bloggers!

    I hope that Anderson has a safe flight.
    Everyone who is trying to contact someone in Haiti, I hope that you are all able to reach your loved ones…just remember that the phones lines are likely down now too! Try to think positively; there are people all over the world who have you in their prayers!

    This is such tragic news; my thoughts are with the people of Haiti.

    Looking forward to seeing Anderson there tomorrow!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  10. Devna AC360°

    Thank you all for joining us. Anderson will be live from Haiti tomorrow night.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  11. Kym Gillies

    TO: Joyce Gilpin

    Have you heard about your sister? I have been going to Haiti for years and have stayd for extensive amounts of time. I befriended your sister, Judy and have been wondering if she was OK. I am praying for her and all of haiti.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  12. kim

    Peggy, you need to know the number of which part of Delmas you are interested in. It is a street ~ a long one, and one of the main ones. It is not a neighborhood...I used to live off Delmas 43. My prayers go out to all those awaiting word on loved ones.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  13. Bill

    Please try and contact the Cuban Emergency Services agencies in Havana. They may be able to provide information on conditions in Haiti. The Cubans are the best equipped and trained disaster emergency and recovery teams in the region. They have lots of disaster experience. They will provide you with a different perspective.


    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  14. Ashley P.

    I just spoke with my fiance', Jean Bernard, from Carrefour, Haiti, and he said that he was very scared. He said that he saw a lot of death today. His home and the homes on his block had fallen down. His sister and her daughter were in the family home when it collapsed. By the grace of God they survived. Jean Bernard and lots of others are gathered tonight in a church and he has said that the ground continues to shake. I told him that the US is sending help and he thanked the United States and said that he is so greatful because they are desperate.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I had experience felt sway, forth & back all my life in Seattle area! When I was in school, My teacher taught me how is taking very serious drill during practice few times. Now I had felt jolted 2 times! YIKES!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  16. Michaela Henry

    Just received a phone call from the wife of a Save the Children employee, Mike is safe and with the people at Save the Children.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  17. juliana

    I lived in haiti more then half of my life and I remember Haiti to be poor but very beautiful at the same time, I still have a lot of family members there and I am so worried because the phone lines are cut off there is no way to get in contact with them. I'm not having a very good day at all. Pray for Haiti please!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  18. Dela

    My husband and son along with three other friends are in Cap Haitien performing Mission work and sharing the Gospel. My thoughts and prayers are with them for safety and safe return. These people need so much help and this is a perfect example. Prayers to all.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  19. Emily

    @Maggie from Toronto & Mike,

    I hope that your families & friends are okay!
    that yous are just unable to reach them due to phone lines out of service, etc

    Same with all the others on the blog!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    Jessica Yellin, Haiti, please forgive mispelling.

    Good night Starr,

    Good night Isabel.

    Certainly there must be some heavy equipment for construction in Haiti. Isn't there? But can it be moved to where it is needed?

    Very worried for those trapped in collapsed buildings. What effort is in progress to reach couple trapped in Norwich Diosce's bldg?

    Am I right that the area of hillsides stripped of forests is the size of Maryland?how big is the country?

    How can there be no fire dept? there is not first response capability at all?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  21. Jenny~ British Columbia, Canada

    If you feel like there is nothing you can do to help...Pray!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  22. Lori from TN

    It is so hard to see how really quick life as we know it can change in a matter of seconds. To all of those in Haiti it is my hope that all will feel our prayers and that the U.S. will send major help to your country. I have a friend David who is an MAF pilot in Haiti. He is a mighty warrior for Christ everyday but my prayer is that he, his wife amd son are safe and will be used in an extra special way during this tragedy. If anyone else in the the US knows anything about the MAF staff in Haiti will you please blog.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  23. Steve Mansfield

    I know the focus has been Haiti, and I sure that is the hardest hit part
    But that is a small island and the other half is the Dominican Republic
    What is happening in the DR…. if it is not that badly hit the someone should be looking at using the DR Airports and Sea Ports to push relief through.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  24. Mike

    Please pray for my wife Lisa, her sister Lori, there son's Jamie and Josh who are with Glen Acres Baptist Church (Waterloo, ON) at the Mission of Hope, Port au Prince, Haiti...
    no real word other than they are ok, and have set up a mobile medical treatment center to help those injured or homeless from this earthquake.

    Got sent them to Haiti for a reason, now we know why.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  25. Maggie from Toronto

    My husband and I have spent Hours trying to get through on the phone as his whole family is in Haiti.My heart pours out to the people of Haiti.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  26. kaz

    If USGS data is correct, they are showing over 30+ shakes with magnitude over 4.5 in the past 24hr. Why wasnt anything done to alert the people?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  27. Peggy

    Any news about the Delmas neighborhood in Port au Prince?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  28. W. Arencibia

    This is devastating, and everyone should try and help at least a lil bit to bring this country back on its feet.
    All my thoughts and positive energy go out to everyone affected by the earthquake in Haiti!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
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