Students should read the suggested pages that follow to get informed about the current affairs and feel part of the global community, even at its worst of times. This is one of the most shocking pieces of world news briefly narrated on Boston.com:
Tuesday afternoon, January 12th, the worst earthquake in 200 years - 7.0 in magnitude - struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Structures of all kinds were damaged or collapsed, from shantytown homes to national landmarks. It is still very early in the recovery effort, but millions are likely displaced, and thousands are feared dead as rescue teams from all over the world are now descending on Haiti to help where they are able.
More online information on this calamity:
(Younger viewers should ask for their parents' permission to see these videos.)
- Interactive map of Haiti and the earthquake zone on Usatoday.com
- Photographs with brief descriptions of the situation on Sky News