Surveillance camera captures moment

A surveillance camera captures the moment a massive earthquake turned buildings to dust in Haiti. Search and rescue efforts are continuing in the Caribbean nation. The death toll could be in the tens of thousands.

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3:26 p.m. — The 11-year-old girl described in the previous entry was discovered today, trapped in her Port-au-Prince home. The rescuers contemplated cutting off her leg to free her — they had anesthetics — but worried they had no blood for a transfusion. About 30 people were thought to be buried in the building.

3:18 p.m. — A group of non-professional rescuers is trying to free an 11-year-old girl whose right leg is trapped in a crumbled structure in Port-au-Prince, CNN’s Ivan Watson says. Her arms are free and she is eating food the rescuers are giving her, but freeing the leg has proved difficult without heavy-duty equipment.

3:10 p.m. — An impromptu group of rescuers has rescued a man who was pinned under the rubble of a five-story school building in Port-au-Prince, CNN’s Susan Candiotti reports. The group had been trying to reach the man since Wednesday.

3:02 p.m. — Lindy Lincoln, a program officer for the American Red Cross, says Tuesday’s earthquake destroyed about 10 percent of houses in Port-au-Prince — dwellings of about 200,000 people.

2:09 p.m. — A fundraising campaign done solely through text messages and networking sites like Twitter and Facebook has raised more than $3 million for the Red Cross’s relief work in Haiti.

1:47 p.m. — Airlines are organizing relief flights and offering incentives to customers who donate to aid organizations.

1:35 p.m. — The Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, announced that student Benjamin Larson died in Haiti. There was no official confirmation of Larson’s death from Haiti.

1:12 p.m. — The pier used for delivery of cargo to Port-au-Prince by ship was “completely compromised” by Tuesday’s earthquake, said CNN’s Eric Marrapodi. Three ships filled with medical supplies, food, clothing and water were turned away, he said.

12:55 p.m. — Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have agreed to help the Obama administration’s efforts to help bring swift aid to Haiti, according to two officials familiar with the discussions. The two former presidents will reprise the role that Clinton and Bush’s father played after the 2004 tsunami, and are expected to tape public service announcements and eventually travel to Haiti, according to the officials.

12:23 p.m. — FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown says the Haitian government is not accepting incoming flights because ramp space at the Port au Prince airport is full and no fuel is available. The FAA isn’t giving take-off clearances for Haiti-bound flights until space becomes available. There are 10 civilian and and one military aircraft in a holding pattern, waiting to get into Port-au-Prince.

12:15 p.m. — Within 48 hours, 400 French civil guard and security personnel will be in Haiti, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday. He said the French army is sending military ships to the region, as well as a hospital boat.

12:02 p.m. — President Obama pledges $100 million in relief aid to Haiti.

11:45 a.m. — “The major thing is that help is starting to arrive, but we have a problem with the roads,” Haitian Ambassador to the United States Raymond Joseph told CNN Thursday. “Now we are asking for help from the U.S. government to clear the roads, so … the Marines are bringing heavy equipment.”

11:13 a.m. — The death toll of United Nations personnel, including military and police officers, stands at 22, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. About 150 U.N. staff members remain unaccounted for.

11:06 a.m. — The State Department confirmed the first U.S. fatality from the Haiti earthquake, but the victim was not identified because family had not been notified.

11:06 a.m. — The U.S. has evacuated 160 Americans in the last 24 hours, and 370 others are registered to leave Thursday, according to the State Department. Most are being flown to the Dominican Republic, but the injured are being taken to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

10:39 a.m. — The Fairfax County, Virginia, Urban Search and Rescue team rescued security officer Tarmo Joveer of Estonia from the rubble of the U.N. mission headquarters Thursday.

10:30 a.m. — Two students at Lynn University in Florida, Melissa Elliott and Thomas Schloemer, both from Wisconsin, have been located alive in Haiti.

10:16 a.m. — President Obama said to Haitians from the White House, “You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten.”


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