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Islands Of and Near Haiti, in the Caribbean

20.0N 72.7W

August 31st, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Haiti and Dominican Republic - August 5th, 2010

Haiti and Dominican Republic - August 5th, 2010

This image focuses on the island of Hispaniola, home to the countries of Haiti (left half) and the Dominican Republic (right half). Two large islands are visible near the Haitian shores: Gonâve Island, to the west, in the Gulf of Gonâve, and Tortuga, to the northwest. Both belong to Haiti.

Other islands can be observed to the north. The group just north of the shallow, light blue bank, belong to the Turks and Caicos archipelago. The one in the upper left corner is Mayaguana Island, belonging to the Bahamas. In the full image, the island of Puerto Rico can also be seen to the east of Hispaniola.

Cuba, Haiti and Other Caribbean Islands

18.5N 72.3W

February 11th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Cuba and Haiti - January 25th, 2010

Cuba and Haiti - January 25th, 2010

Many Caribbean islands can be observed here, including the island-nations of Cuba (left), Jamaica (below) and Haiti (right), as well as some islands of the Bahamas (above) and the Turks and Caicos (above, far right).

The Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince, affected by a devastating earthquake about three weeks ago, is located on the shores of the Port-au-Prince Bay along the right edge of the image. The earthquake struck in the most populated area of the country, and the International Red Cross announced that as many as 3 million people had been affected by the quake.

On 28 January the Haitian government gave a confirmed death toll of 170,000, with many more thousands dead in the rubble and outside the capital, and not including unreported bodies buried by relatives. Haitian authorities also estimated that 300,000 had been injured and as many as one million Haitians were left homeless.