We have hooked up with Eric and made it to Port-au-Prince. We are staying for 2 days at the lab and equipment building of the Haitian Bureau of Mines, which in contrast to the destroyed headquarters, endured little damage. Several of the Haitian Bureau of Mines employees are eager to participate and will join us in the field for our GPS survey. Tomorrow we plan to divide up all the gear for three teams (heading north, south, and one staying around PaP), train our colleagues, and begin the field work on Sunday.
Our location is surrounded by isolated areas of destruction (including a flattened police department). However, to our surprise people are incredibly resilient and resuming normal lives as best as they can. From the people we’ve spoken with there is still quite a bit of fear about the earthquake. Many people who have lost their homes have set up a tent city on the grounds of the Bureau. They have given us a very warm reception.
Haiti GPS Team