Celebrities and their fans are responding with prayers, news and calls for aid after Haiti was hit earlier today by a powerful earthquake, and many serious aftershocks, centered 10 miles offshore and near the capital city of Port-au-Prince. There's a lot of damage, and many casualties are expected -- click here for a photo gallery that's growing as more pictures come in.
Wyclef Jean, whose uncle is the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., was speaking to a person in Haiti when the quake hit. He told CNN, "We're gonna need immediate aid, and we're gonna need the United States and the international community to react immediately. This is the worst devastation that we as Haitian people have faced." His Twitter feed has unique updates. [He sent a detailed statement to @GlobalGrind around 8 p.m.]
Alyssa Milano, a power retweeter, has been urging her Twitter audience to donate to the Red Cross (with an assist from Christina Applegate) and is providing updates on the situation as the news unfolds.
[Updated at 7:10 p.m.: The list of names grows -- add Marlee Matlin (who goes out of her way, with an assist, to tweet support to the Haitians in French and Dutch), Olivia Wilde (a relative newbie on Twitter, she's soliciting donations for Artists for Peace and Justice, and her tweets are especially passionate because she just visited Haiti), Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez and Russell Simmons.]
[Updated at 8 p.m.: "Big Bang Theory's" Kunal Nayyar asked how to help, and a few hours later Wil Wheaton was recommending the answers Kunal got; Ryan Seacrest offers pics (delete the stray commas after the links to see them); Marlon Wayans follows @Wyclef's lead. Later updates will be after the break.]
Given the massive nature of Twitter, this is clearly only a partial list ...