to let you know that there has been a disastrous earthquake in Haiti. Magnitude is estimated at 7.0, with many aftershocks already, including one at 5.9, and with more expected.
It has been about 250 years since an earthquake of this size hit Haiti, although they of course have suffered more than their share of other natural disasters. Suffering is widespread; I haven’t seen casualty estimates yet, but they’ll probably be high. There is a lot more information on this thread.
You can help by donating to the Red Cross International Response Fund.
Our thoughts and best wishes are particularly with the many Massachusetts residents who have family and friends in Haiti. I trust we can all agree on this one.