Social networks, Texts boost fundraising

From CNN:

(CNN) — A day-old fundraising campaign done solely through text messages and made viral on networking sites like Twitter and Facebook has raised more than $5 million for the Red Cross’s relief work in Haiti.

“It’s shattered any record that we’ve seen with mobile giving before,” said Wendy Harman, social media manager for the Red Cross.

The campaign leads a spate of online efforts that have allowed people to help victims of the earthquake that has devastated the island nation.

At midday Thursday, five of the 10 most popular topics on Twitter were either directly or indirectly related to Haiti — with “Help Haiti” topping the list.

Many celebrities, including singer Adam Lambert, actor Ben Stiller, cyclist Lance Armstrong and actress Lindsay Lohan, used their Twitter feeds to plead for earthquake-relief donations.

“Yele haiti now for the disaster,” Lohan tweeted on Wednesday, referring to musician Wyclef Jean’s online earthquake relief fund. “Please do all that you can. Please.” Yele Haiti also has launched a text message fundraising campaign.

Haiti 48 Hours Later

From The Big Picture:

Two days after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck beneath Port-au-Prince, Haiti, some of the massive damage is becoming more apparent. Rescue teams are arriving, aid groups are trying their best to battle huge logistical challenges, bodies are being identified, and some medical care is being given. Rescue teams from all over the world have joined the recovery effort, as the United States pledged $100 million in relief efforts. The Red Cross ventured an estimate of up to 50,000 deaths, as bodies at the local morgues overflowed into the streets.

The Geology Underlying the Devastating Haiti Earthquake

From The Christian Science Monitor:

The magnitude 7 earthquake that leveled much of Haiti’s capital Tuesday – the strongest temblor to hit the country in some 200 years — may have increased strain on a segment of the same fault that lies across the border in the Dominican Republic.

That concern, based on calculations made during the first 24 hours after the quake hit, may ease with additional on-the-ground data, cautions Purdue University geophysicist Eric Calais, who has spent years studying faults on Hispaniola, the island both countries share.

But since the mid-1980s and the advent of precision satellite measurements of ground movement, plus other high-tech advances, earth scientists have developed an increasing respect for the ability of the slip of one fault to increase the strain on other, nearby faults, or on a different segment of the original fault.

In any effort to track changes in strain, “I would focus on the eastern termination of the fault towards the Dominican Republic, pending more information,” he says. The reason: The rupture slid to the east. While strain would build at both ends of the ruptured segment, another rupture farther to the west would occur in a sparsely populated, hard to reach portion of Haiti. To the east, however, the fault traces a path through the mountains separating Haiti from the Dominican Republic and into the more-heavily populated southwestern portion of Haiti’s neighbor.