Haiti earthquake updates: live blog

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake added to the sense of chaos in Haiti today as aid agencies continue to struggle to reach survivors. Follow live updates.

The US Geological Survey said today's quake measured 6.1. The Guardian reports that the epicentre was 26 miles north-west of Jacmel. There were no initial reports of injuries.

The quake sent people running into the streets. It woke many, including our correspondent Ed Pilkington, from their beds.

"Just been woken by my bed shaking in #Haiti. another after shock," he tweeted. (Coincidently, the Twitter network went down shortly after the earthquake).

Is it an aftershock or a second earthquake?

Before the incident rescue workers were still carrying out people from the rubble, according to the BBC.

The Haitian president Renel Preval told the French broadcaster RFI that the main problem is now coordinating aid.

Tara Livesay, a Christian blogger and aid worker, describes this morning's aftershock/earthquake.

This morning we were standing in the kitchen around 5:45am talking to friends that have been staying with us because they needed to leave and we are unsure if they will get out of here today. We were saying our goodbyes.

All of a sudden the house was rocking. It was the strongest aftershock we've felt yet. I looked on line and see that they are saying it was a 6.1. I cannot begin to describe how totally afraid everyone here is ... these aftershocks stir everything back up to the surface.

I would have to imagine that lots of buildings that were hanging close to collapsing may have now collapsed. This aftershock lasted about 15 seconds. The original 7.0 lasted a good 45 seconds. Every time someone opens the front gate (it makes a large noise) we all jump to our feet to get out of the house.

We're back to the clinic today. I know that so many of you are waiting on replies to questions ... we're sleeping very little as it is so we just have to make a decision to leave most emails unanswered for a time. I hope you understand.

"With Twitter currently being flaky, many users have turned to Facebook to point out the news [of the aftershock/earthquake] and express their support," Mashable reports.

The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee, for example, put out this:

In the middle of an extremely challenging aid operation where many survivors are already terrified of aftershocks the news of today's tremors are of grave concern. We are assessing the impact of the aftershock with our field staff to see if there has been further large-scale disruption to survivors and aid operations.

As the full scale of the tragedy unfolds, there is still an urgent need for more funds and we continue to rely on the generosity of donors.

"Big aftershock woke us all up early. Everyone was gathering outside," wrote Oxfam aid worker Louis Belanger on Twitter (which seems to be working again).

Sarah from Christian Aid tweeted: "jst felt anthr tremor in tent. Wrst since got here. earth moving. particularly scary 4 those who lived through big quake."

"Not since the Crimean war have surgeons amputated so many limbs," says Medicins Sans Frontières anesthetist Deanne Marchbein in this video on MSF's work in Haiti.

The video also outlines the continuing logistical challenges of delivering aid.

An AP reporter describes the aftershock in phone call. The agency then seems to have combined audio of the call with some library footage for this YouTube clip.

There is still no word on the damage caused by the aftershock.

It will have terrified survivors, Save the Children says. But its staff in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane are said to be safe.

"Doesn't seem to have caused serious extra damage in area of city where we are," tweets Sarah from Christian Aid.

This morning's aftershock did bring some buildings down according to a Twitter updates from Troy Livesay and Richard Morse.

The UK's search and rescue team in Haiti was immediately sent to Petit Goave, the epicentre of this morning's quake. They are expected to remain there overnight, the Department for International Development said.

The aftershock appears to have hampered aid efforts.

Jude Jean Baptiste, finance director from ActionAid Haiti said: "Everyone ran out into the street straight away and stood there while the ground shook. We stayed away from buildings until we were sure it had stopped. We've been trying to recover our equipment from the damaged ActionAid office - I'm returning there now to see if there is any more damage."

US Lieutenant General Ken Keen, who is in charge of the rescue operation in Haiti, has been defending the US military's role.

Speaking to ITV News, he said:

I don't see that we're failing the Haitian people – just the opposite. I see a tremendous effort in contribution by the international community along with the UN and the US. We had a very good day yesterday. We're going to increase capacity to push out much needed supplies to address the medical needs of the people. This morning we had the USNS Comfort hospital ship arrive. We're going to take pressure off the hospitals who are overwhelmed.

Britain is sending the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Largs Bay, with a cargo of stores and equipment supplied by the international development department, the MoD said. It is due to arrive in three weeks.

Two-year-old Francina was badly injured in the earthquake. Her father Louis thinks she has broken her leg.

She was one of many given food and water by Save the Children when they reached the Hope Hospital in Port-au-Prince over the weekend. But there were so many patients at the hospital that she still hasn't had an X-ray.

Louis told Save the Children her story.

Both my wife and I were at work when the earthquake happened. Francina was being looked after by her aunt. I ran home from work and found that the house was completely destroyed. I couldn't find Francina anywhere.

They were running out of the house when my sister fell. As the house collapsed bricks hit Francina. Her face was cut badly and we think she has broken her leg. A neighbour told me they had gone to the hospital to get treatment. That is why we're here now, to get an X-ray.

We live in Tabard, which is about 20 minutes from the hospital. We went to three hospitals trying to find Francina. We were frantic. It took us four hours until we found them. We walked here to get Francina treated.

She is really scared now. Every time there is a loud noise she cries, and when there are aftershocks she is really terrified.

We haven't received any aid. We haven't even eaten since Tuesday. We haven't heard from all of our extended family. It's hard to get in touch with them because the phone network is still bad.

We need everything, everything that you need in order to live. We haven't been able to get anything form our house. Even the shirt I'm wearing is from my friend. We don't have anything.

We're staying in our friend's garden now.

I don't think that we'll get Francina's X-ray today. There are so many people here. Maybe we should come back tomorrow but maybe we won't even be able to get into the hospital then.

(That's it from the blog today. Look out for more updates on our Haiti page).

This is Daniel Nasaw in Washington, taking over the live-blog for today. We'll be following up on the news of a second earthquake today. You can send me tips and news items on twitter at DanielNasaw, or via email at daniel.nasaw@guardian.co.uk.

The Haiti earthquake relief effort could prove an opening between Cuba and the US, Cuba experts tell Reuters.

Cooperation to help quake victims in the poorest state in the Western Hemisphere might allow the long-time ideological foes find common ground and lay a base for better long-term relations, they said.

Our graphics team has put together this map of where aid has been deployed to Haiti. Of course, today's big quake will skew all that, sending more rescue workers to Petit Goave, the quake's epicentre.

More tweets from Ed Pilkington, who is currently in Cite Soleil, which he describes as "the notorious gang-ridden shanty town":

day eight and we are still seeing bodies in the street in #Haiti

my hosts in #Haiti v distressed by aftershock. about to drive downtown to see the damage

The US navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has landed in Haiti, and has already taken on the first Haitian patients. The Baltimore Sun has a reporter aboard, and has this story describing the mission.

One trauma surgeon who recently returned from Afghanistan says, "We expect Haiti to be a lot like a combat environment."

A 15 year-old girl was shot, apparently by police, after she stole photographs, according to reports. A piece from our staff is forthcoming.

Time Magazine's Jay Newton-Small tweets:

Seems looting is getting worse- aid workers I just ran into says there was a big shoot out w/ police just now downtown.

That's it for tonight. Thanks everyone for reading and for your tips and comments.


Daniel Nasaw and Matthew Weaver

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