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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. Tenetra-Clinton, MS

    I hope those in Haiti are safe and receive help soon for this disaster.

    Anderson, you are an awesome person and a great role model.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Dodie

    This country will need a lot of help and medical attention. There is no such thing as earth quake buildings 🙁

    January 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Curtis Breuer

    Sad event for the country of Haiti. It is time now for the Americas to come together to help out this country in need.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Isemylee camille

    oh my God please lets get together to help Haiti the first black country which took its independence on 1803

    January 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Nicky

    We have some friend in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Praying that our friends are okay.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @Devna

    The information you are most complete and concise and there are many infos coming to us to pieces!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Sara Thompson

    What I know is that all of the missionaries in Christianville in Gressier, Haiti are safe. The buildings there are not safe and the doctors have set up a triage/trauma center in the yard outside of the clinic. The doctors, including my sister, Teresa Price, are serving wounded Haitians.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Jerry Spencer

    My prayers are with all the people in Haiti, I am here to Show Some Love and have a safe trip to Haiti tonight Anderson my prayers are with you too.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. jerry

    HAITI will not die

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. A. Smith, Oregon

    Concrete is very unforgiving when a quantity of it drops down on you. Or the ceiling made of it drops or a wall of concrete falls over. I don't see any large quantity of rebar reinforcing in the concrete rubble, likely the major damaged buildings were largely lacking any internal rebar.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Emily

    @Gloria,

    It's very sad indeed...but just hearing Anderson say that Haiti is the "poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere" ....it makes it even more sad! 🙁

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Anthonia-California

    Good Evening everyone. What a sad Tuesday night for many Haitian people. My prayers goes out to the people of Haiti and I hope they will recover soon from this tragedy.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. starr formerly known as vincent

    That shot from the helicopter that showed clouds of cement dust after the quake is astounding!

    My God, having seen that picture, the loss of life is likely to be staggering.

    Is there any chance t hat emergency teams can get in there before morning?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Lucina

    I am helping a friend her mother(Adrienne Mayard)lives in Damas, Port Au Prince she is unable to contact her

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Lori

    This is a good wake-up call for all of us who take our status quo for granted.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Yanear

    Hey Anderson!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti

    January 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Dodie

    Michael

    I was there as a child. I have never seen a country so very poor. It is so sad! I am afraid of many deaths. No drinking water. What a mess
    I was in Haiti as a child in the 1960s. I still remember how poor this country is.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Nancy in Oregon

    The USGS site says as of Oct. 2009 one reason earthquakes are 'increasing' is that there are more seismic measuring devices around the world now....

    January 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. A. Smith, Oregon

    I've lived in Eureka, Ca. before and a 7.0 was minor in damage due to the earthquake proofed building codes in place. Notice how minor Eureka's recent 6.5 was?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Dodie

    Haiti is such an impoverished country. So many poor. So many shacks. No structure is quake proof. very sad.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. jerry

    Thank you guys fo all your moral support, I am haitian-american living here in fort Myers, FL and have lots of family and friends down there and we cant get a hold of them, i am worried but cant do anything but wait, Pray for us.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This is due to plate tectonics. Global warning has nothing to do with it.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Dana

    As someone who lived in San Francisco during the 7.0 earthquake, I can only imagine how much worse the destruction will be to the Haitian buildings which were not built to withstand such a quake. My prayers and support go out to everyone in Haiti affected by this disaster.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Danielle - Los Angeles

    This entire situation in Haiti is very sad. This is most unfortunate but hopefully it brings to light the serious problems that exists in the third world. I've been to Port au Prince and I can only imagine how bad the situation is after this quake. The pictures I've seen are devestating. My prayers go out to the Haitian people.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi–it's great to see you on live for two hours.
    The earthquake is such a sad catastrophe. My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Haiti–and with you as you will be traveling there later.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. FJ Levy

    Do they have equipment to move the debris in the morning?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. A. Smith, Oregon

    Rand, spokane wa. Its global warming of the earth's crust. It is expanding and these active faults are slipping faster, creating earthquakes and if you noticed, volcano's are on the rise also.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Rand,
    Chad said that Haiti is one a fault (sp) line.... and that an earthquake can happen "anywhere in the world" Very interesting stuff!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Tammy B.

    OMG! I cannot imagine a 7.0 quake. This is horrible, thanks Obama for your quick response for aid to the people of Haiti..

    January 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Devna AC360°

    We are also receiving a lot of information regarding how you can help in Haiti. CNN.com/impact has a lot of various resources.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its a major mistake for America to simply rebuild Haitian buildings the same way they were, there would simply be more deaths as a result. America should first engineer a cheap moderate earthquake proof design to model rebuilding the Haitian homes with.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Lauren--NY

    Anderson, please travel safely tonight. Thank you so much for everything you do.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Rand spokane wa.

    Alot of earth quakes lately southern ca. western washington, northern ca. oregon, mexico, now this big one in Haiti, Whats up?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Karen, MN

    Hi Everyone and Anderson,

    Sad to hear about Haiti.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I am sad to hear about the eathquake happening in Haiti.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  36. BandonLuna in Oregon

    The most important thing Haiti needs now is security.

    Without security the rescuers won't be able to help people, provide food and water or medical care. Thieves will steal supplies.

    There will be more chaos, looting, and killing.

    Anderson, when you repor tomorrow from Haiti, please tell us about the security issues.

    Find out if the food and medical supplies already stockpiled in Haiti are secure!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Lori

    Hello Anderson and 360! Six miles below ground surface is close. No wonder there is so much damage.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Ive been to Hattie several times and we need to send war ships with help asap these are our friend's and they need our help.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. A. Smith, Oregon

    The fault line is right thru Haiti, and similar to the San Andros fault in California. The earth's crust is warming and expanding, therefore these active fault lines are going to produce more earth quakes. See Global Warming in Action!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers.

    Our (family & friends) thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and anyone else affected by this earthquake tradgedy.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening. A sad evening for the residents of Haiti. I pray for their safety.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Emily

    Hello Devna AC360° 😀

    It's been along time!
    Glad to see you on the blog with us tonight...I hope that there will be some communication into and out of Haiti!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    Those poor people in Haiti....as if every single normal day isn't enough of a challenge for them.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson and Devna!
    Hello David ((Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Haiti.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360Team, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Awful news about this Haiti earthquake!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. A. Smith, Oregon

    Rebuilding in Haiti must begin with moderate earthquake proofed buildings.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, , Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    I am also watching update from CNN and Haiti and Twitter, My thoughts and prayers with Haiti people who hurt , lost homes, business and cars. Hope we can help donation in world impact.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Notice the vast damage in Haiti 7.0 compared to Eureka, CA recent 6.5 earthquake, the Haitian buildings are shanty's and if rebuilt the same, they'll end up killing more Haitians.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Devna AC360°

    Thanks for joining us tonight – developments on the earthquake in Haiti as we speak. Pictures, video, information, the latest information – all live until midnight.

    January 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
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