A major earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti on January 12, 2010. Early reports are that there was significant loss of life and major destruction around the capital of Port-au- Prince.
Landsat imagery acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on November 26, 2009 illustrates the area affected.
Government agencies and relief organizations will use the Landsat data as a tool in understanding the area and identifying population centers. Later acquisitions will be used to study the extent and locations of disaster sites. The data will also be used to study surface features which may indicate structures which caused the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.