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Haiti Update

The ABC has a Haiti section on their site, as does CNN, which apparently remembered what it is supposed to be doing.

CBS reports on the U.S. Military Response to Haiti Crisis. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and an amphibious task force are on their way, to join the Coast Guard which is on the scene. It sounds like, though the report doesn’t specifically say, that a combat air control team flew in from Hurlburt to get air traffic flowing at the Port au Prince airport, just as they did in New Orleans, when they were finally allowed to after Katrina.

Port au Prince is under 200 miles East-Southeast of the US facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and they have already medevac-ed injured US citizens to the base for treatment.

The latest report from the ABC, Night settles on devastated Haiti, has the estimated death toll from 30 to 100 thousand, tens of thousands injured, and as many as 3 million, 30% of the population, homeless.

The head of the UN mission is reported killed, and over 100 other UN personnel are reported missing. The main headquarters of the mission collapsed in the earthquake.

None of the utilities are functioning around the capital, and many are fleeing to the mountains with whatever they can carry to escape the dozens of aftershocks that have occurred.