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Port-au-Prince from above
This regional view of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, taken by NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite on Jan. 15, 2010, illustrates some of the physical obstacles that complicated the job of aid workers in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault south of the city on Jan. 12.
The capital city is densely populated and densely built, with little open space apparent amid the gray pavement and buildings. With debris filling the streets, it was difficult for vehicles to move aid supplies and the wounded.
The single port through which large cargo ships can approach the city (image center) was damaged, and the city's only landing strip (top right) was overwhelmed by the number of flights trying to land and take off.