RedskyNews Category: Americas

Haiti earthquake: police admit gangs have taken over Port-au-Prince

Haitian authorities conceded they had lost their battle to maintain order in Port-au-Prince after the leaders of the city’s crime gangs reclaimed their old turf since being freed when the national prison collapsed last week. The gangsters have stepped into

Troops arrive to help Haiti

US Black Hawk helicopters swooped down on Haiti’s wrecked presidential palace to deploy troops and supplies, as a huge relief operation to help earthquake survivors gained momentum. The airborne troops in combat gear moved to secure Port-au-Prince’s nearby General Hospital,

Argentina rattled by two earthquakes

Western Argentina has been rattled by two moderate earthquakes that emphasised the region’s seismic volatility but left no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The first quake, of 4.6 magnitude, struck in the early hours just south-west of the town

5.8 quake strikes Cayman Islands

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled buildings and homes in the Cayman Islands, but there are no reports of injury or damage. “It shook my whole apartment for about 10 seconds,” said photographer Alan Markoff in the capital George Town.

For doctors in Haiti, worst is yet to come as Disease Epidemics begin to bite.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An earthquake killing more than 200,000 people would have been bad enough anywhere, but in Haiti, where AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are rampant, children are malnourished and hygiene is already a challenge, it may create one of

Moderate quake rocks Guatemala, Salvador

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has hit Guatemala’s Pacific coast near the border with El Salvador, the US Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of victims or damage. The agency said the quake was centred 97 kilometres south-east

Atheist Richard Dawkins shows the heart of God by sponsoring Haiti relief effort

Richard Dawkins, noted atheist and author of The God Delusion and The Greatest Show On Earth, is sponsoring a new dedicated bank account and PayPal facility to collect donations for non-religious relief organizations. The new account, to which, Prof. Dawkins

Haiti must prepare for more massive quakes say scientists

Haiti and its neighbours must prepare themselves for more massive quakes after the devastating tremors this week increased pressure along a lengthy fault line, scientists have warned. Paul Mann, a senior research scientist at the Institute for Geophysics at the

Gangs Armed With Machetes Loot Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CBS) ? Gangs of men armed with machetes were seen looting parts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 14, 2010. The earthquake aftermath has brought out the best and worst of the people of Haiti. Much like the days

Magnitude 5.6 quake shakes Venezuela

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has hit Venezuela near the small Caribbean coastal town of Carupano, the United States Geological Survey says. The quake, at a relatively shallow depth of 12 kilometres, was centred about 39 km south-west of Carupano and

Riot fears as Haiti relief efforts lag

As the security situation in Haiti deteriorates, United States authorities are preparing for the possibility of rioting. The Haitian government is now saying that 40,000 people have already been buried in the wake of a massive earthquake which has wreaked

Evangelist Pat Robertson claims Haiti earthquake was due to a pact with the devil. We show why he is wrong and doesn’t know God.

The U.S. televangelist says Haiti’s calamities derive from a purported pact rebellious slaves made in the 18th century to overthrow the French. Robertson’s TV show later issues a statement. (Please read Redsky’s rebuttal at the bottom of this article.) Reporting

Scientists push “Doomsday Clock” back a minute

Scientists pushed back the hands on the symbolic Doomsday Clock by one minute citing hopeful developments in nuclear weapons and climate change. The symbolic clock that shows how close mankind is to self-annihilation was moved back to six minutes before

Bottleneck paralyses Haiti relief efforts

International relief to quake-devastated Haiti was reduced to a trickle this morning after the capital’s airport was overwhelmed by a sudden influx of aid planes, as the country’s President said 7,000 victims had already been buried in a mass grave.

Earthquake-stunned Haitians pile bodies by fallen homes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake crushed at least fifty thousand structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still

The Haitian quake explained

The earthquake that devastated Haiti Tuesday was the strongest temblor to hit the island nation in more than 200 years. The magnitude 7.0 quake caused tremendous damage that officials have yet to fully characterize, and the death toll may run