On Tuesday, an earthquake with the magnitude of 7.0 hit the city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti at approximately 4:53 p.m. EST.
Today marked the first day rescue crews from the U.S. and other international governments mobilized into the city and started looking for survivors among the rubble according to CNN.com.
“The vast majority of downtown Port-au-Prince is a mess of dead bodies, rebar and concrete,” said Eric Marrapodi, a CNN journalist on location in Haiti.
According to several published reports, the death toll is estimated to be anywhere from tens of thousands of people dead to as high as hundreds of thousands.
On Thursday, President Obama announced $100 million in aid would be allocated to Haiti.
“This is one of those moments that calls for American leadership. I can report that the first waves of our rescue and relief workers are on the ground and are at work,” Obama stated, adding that this is one of the largest relief efforts in recent U.S. history.
“To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken,” he said. “You will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you. The world stands with you.”