The GeoEye-1 satellite (a commercial satellite) captured these images of earthquake damage in the densely populated neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 13, 2010. Geometric shapes define structures that appear undamaged from above, but this appearance may be deceptive. The buildings may be damaged under an intact roof. Other homes and other structures have clearly been destroyed entirely, a mass of rubble spilling in a tangled mass across broad sections of the image. According to the United Nations, at least 10 percent of homes in Port-au-Prince were destroyed when a massive 7.0 earthquake shook the city on January 12, 2010.
GeoEye imagery copyright GeoEye. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. More than 30 aftershocks rocked the region over the next day.
This regional view of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, from January 15, 2010, shows the densely developed urban area and the limited number of transportation hubs available for bringing aid into the earthquake-hit nation.