Compounding an already catastrophic situation, a second earthquake struck Haiti early this morning near the capital of Port-au-Prince. Early reports from the U.S. Geological Survey are that it reached 6.0 on the Richter scale and sent people running into the streets reminiscent of scenes from last week’s quake.
There are still stories of survival and hope coming out of the battered landscape. They include the tale of Compassion International worker Dan Woolley, who was trapped for 65 hours in a Port-au-Prince hotel. During that time he scrawled out notes to his wife and children in journal in case he didn’t survive and was also able to administer first aid to himself with the help of an iPhone app.
The story is a testament to faith and perseverance, one which has played out across Haiti in the past week. If you haven’t already, seek out a trusted charity organization to support the relief effort. Today’s second quake is a grim reminder that relief efforts in Haiti will be long-term with unforeseen challenges in the weeks, months and likely years ahead.