The teams split today. It was a rambunctious morning with multiple television crews filming mostly Eric and the teams leaving – finally departing around 10am. We left our tents, tarps, and what we could spare with the inhabitents of the tent city that surrounded us. It is only a token but the gesture was well received. We (Andy and Sarah) headed north. We set up a GPS site in Desdunes (DESS) on a police station (picture below), Gros Morne (GROS) on top of a CARE building, and searched for hours in the dark on top of an old police building for a geodetic point in Gonaives (GONA). Most of these sites are installed on tops of buildings so it’s a task to find a ladder (“scale” in Creole), however, our colleague Macly never ceases to amaze us in his ability to acquire everything we need easily and hastily. In Gros Morne Macly tracked down the mayor playing soccer – he left the game temporarily to direct help for us – he also offered his backyard for us to camp in, but we were eager to get to Gonaives. Unfortunately we did not find GONA this evening. We will be back early in the morning to search again. The Haitian people we meet in these towns have been incredibly supportive of our work and we simply could not conduct this survey without them. And Andy was on Haitian National Radio today. They tracked down Macly on his cell phone and told him to introduce me (Andy) and then he puts me on the phone and says I am live to all of Haiti. Uhhh. They don’t seem to have any specific questions – I am not sure they speak english and I certainly don’t speak Creole. Macly tells me they just wanted me to ramble on about the earthquake and tsunamis and seismic hazards in Haiti. So I do for about 4 minutes until the connection is cut. I have no idea if someone understood or translated a single thing I said.
Sarah and Andy