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Haiti quake: A year later, journalists look back

January 12, 2011 |  2:36 pm


On Jan. 12, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people.

A year later, Times journalists who covered the disaster shared their recollections and reported on what life is like in Haiti today.

In a front-page article Wednesday, Tracy Wilkinson describes a country in limbo: Only 5% of quake rubble has been cleared, no major reconstruction is evident, tent cities have become permanent housing, and only a fraction of promised aid has been delivered.

Photojournalist Rick Loomis, who arrived in Haiti the day after the quake, was interviewed by PBS NewsHour about what he saw and photographed. In the interview, Loomis describes spending his first day in Haiti at the airport, where doctors from Miami had set up a triage center for victims. His words and pictures appear in an audio slideshow on NewsHour's website.

The Times' coverage of Haiti over the past year can be found at

--Deirdre Edgar

Photo: Doctors tend to an injured boy at a makeshift hospital at Port-au-Prince airport on Jan. 13, 2010, the day after a devastating earthquake. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times