Google Earth created an overlay of the devastated city of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti last Wednesday (January, 13th, 2010.) Since, they have updated this overlay to include the entire central region of Haiti and the Western portion of the Dominican Republic. I have as yet to find the word for the destuction throughout these two countries. I have spent hours zooming in on remote and inaccessible areas observing the devastation. Town after town after town. From the satelitte images, I tried to count the number of houses and structures left standing without damage.
Here are some my statistics. Actually, it might be easier to first give the name of the location, the number of buildings I counted (e.g. 20B) and then the number left without damage.(e.g. 10 ND "No Damage")
Sabouce------- 66 B------- 4 ND
Deslande----- -86 B------- 15 ND
Nan Nimo------08 B------- 0 ND
Gressier-------116 B------- 11 ND
Carrefour-----350+B-------- 0 ND ( I plotted one section for this city. I lost count after 350buildings. I found "0" buildings unaffected. All severely damaged or destroyed.)
Ganchier-------290 B-------- 0 ND (The city is destroyed)
Bais Leger--- ----39 B------- 0 ND (The town is destroyed)
In the country of the Dominican Republic, I went to the town of Jamani. I counted one small section only that contained approximately 140 homes. None were left standing.
Aid will not get to these areas fast enough due to debis covered roads and arteries. We haven't even begun to guess the number of casualties from this earthquake. My estimate? This earthquake will rank the second most deveastating in human history after the China earthquake of 1556 A.D. Over 800,000 were killed. Let us pray that we as human beings change our ideological concerns and revert back to what we were in the first place. Human beings. Helping one another. Loving one another. Caring for one another. Eliminate color, race, creed, political agendas and the worst of all. Bigotry and the need for wealth. Even the country that can send aid in the form of clean clothing is blessed for their wonderful donation.
Will we never learn?
Thank you Google Earth for your constant image updates. For those who want to download the application, it's a simple KML file.