The National Palace, Port-au-Prince, in 2004 (top) and after Tuesday's earthquake (bottom). (New York Times / top, Cpl. Matthew McGregor, DND; bottom, Jorge Cruz, Associated Press.)
- Apparently a lot of aircraft showed up, but ramp space at Port-au-Prince was limited; eleven aircraft got turned away and had to land at alternates. The airport also doesn’t have any fuel to replenish the tanks of new arrivals, nor does it have appropriate equipment (probably K-loaders) to unload the arriving gear. Source
- Ogle Earth is reporting that Google has updated its Maps and Earth applications to include new brand new imagery (taken 1607Z on 13 January) from GeoEye, covering the Port-au-Prince area. Although a lot of the city looks intact from a distance, when you zoom in it becomes apparently that things are a little “off”. Roofs are cracked or at a slight angle to the underlying building; crowds along major motorways, that sort of thing. Also a large trail of oil streaming or sewage effluents streaming out to the west from the port itself. More details and the KML file at Google’s own LatLong blog.
- Via a helpful tweet from Airman magazine, DOD’s own Haiti relief site, containing information and imagery from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
- UPDATED—New airports have temporarily displaced EHAM Amsterdam and YSSY Sydney in our linked LiveATC feeds; now monitoring MDJB Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) Tower / Centre, and TJSJ San Juan (Puerto Rico) Tower, Approach/Departures.
- UPDATED—The US Geological Survey has an informative page on Tuesday’s main Haiti earthquake with a useful tectonic summary and plenty of maps. I have reproduced their summary poster below:
- And for the interested, the airport diagram below, from a five-year-old chart. Don’t do anything silly like try to navigate with it. You can see that the main centre apron has pretty limited ramp space and would fill up quickly. The smaller east apron is primarily for general aviation craft, and the easternmost apron is for rotary-wing craft.