Locals deal with aftermath of devastating Haiti quake

From Brian Charles:


Like thousands of people in Haiti and the U.S., Azusa Pacific University nursing professor Pamela Cone wondered what became of her family in Port-au-Prince.

“My extended family lives in the city and there is no news on whether they survived,” Cone said.

Born and raised in Haiti by her missionary parents, Cone serves on the board of directors for North Haiti Christian University and travels to the country at least once a year to visit her sister and brother-in-law, who is the president at the college.

Cone’s sister and brother-in-law survived the quake, but there is no word on whether her nieces, nephews and other extended family members made it through the natural disaster.

Cone voice cracked when she thought of the devastation in the country she still calls home.

“Everyone in Haiti is my family,” she said. “My heart grieves for everyone.”

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First photos from American Samoa Earthquake Tsunami

The Associated Press moved these photos within the past few hours:

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A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele]






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A boat from Malaloa Marina is seen on the edge of the main highway in the village of Fagatogo, in American Samoa on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Towering tsunami waves spawned by a powerful earthquake swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele]
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