Just a question: the other side of the island is the Dominican Republic. Has anyone seen an mention of that country being affected by the quake? Seems unlikely that it would not have been.
The island is essentially one big mountain and the earthquake would not have hit the DR nearly as bad. Also, the DR has a much better infrastructure than Haiti. There was some damage from what I’ve heard, but nothing significant, especially when compared to Port-au-Prince.
I was listening to a radio interview with a Salvation Army representative yesterday, and he said the damage was centered in Port Au Prince, and that damage was much less even in other parts of Haiti. For instance, a hospital they run in another city about 75 miles away sustained no damage. So apparently this was a very localized event.
Damage from a shallow quake is both very local and very severe. The epicenter was just slightly west of downtown.