Haiti’s Tragedy

Slate’s complete coverage of the deadly earthquake.

See a Magnum Photos gallery of Haiti as it was.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Tuesday night left tens of thousands dead and the capital rubble. Rescue crews are looking for survivors and relief agencies are struggling to get food and medical supplies to the stricken area. Here is Slate’s complete coverage of the tragedy.

Haiti After the Earthquake“: Dispatches by Michael Deibert.

Why Did We Focus on Securing Haiti Rather Than Helping Haitians? Here are two possibilities, neither of them flattering,” by Ben Ehrenreich. Posted Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.


A Fault Is Not a Sin: It’s idiotic to blame anything other than geology for the Haitian earthquake,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Haiti Is a Man-Made Disaster: Recovery will require a profound cultural and political change,” by Anne Applebaum. Posted Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.


Are There More Big Earthquakes Than There Used To Be? How human activity affects the tectonic plates,” by Brian Palmer. Posted Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

What’s the best way to dig through rubble? Hire a robot and a dog,” by Brian Palmer. Posted Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

How Do You Measure an Earthquake From 250 Years Ago? Just use the Mercalli scale,” by Brian Palmer. Posted Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.


Haiti Earthquake FAQ: Do buildings in Haiti have earthquake codes? Why do some quakes cause tsunamis and others don’t? And what’s a ‘hospital ship,’ anyway?,” by Christopher Beam. Posted Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

How To Help Haiti: The best ways respond to natural disaster abroad,” by Sandy Stonesifer. Posted Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

How Will They Count the Dead in Haiti?: The grim statistics of natural disasters,” by Juliet Lapidos. Posted Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

From The Root

Haiti Central: Everything you want to know about Haiti.” 

From Slate’s archives

Dispatches From Haiti: Haiti tries elections, again” by Michael J. Kavanagh. Posted Aug. 30, 2005.

Why Is Haiti Such a Mess? It takes a rebellion to get America’s attention,” by Kim Iskyan. Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2004.