WASHINGTON – The State Department has set up a telephone number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck the Caribbean nation Tuesday.
The toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti is 1-888-407-4747. The State Department advises that some callers may receive a recording because of heavy volume of calls.
Officials say the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Port-au-Prince is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens and notes that communications are difficult within Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Picture Left:This image obtained from Twitter purportedly shows Haitians standing amid rubble on January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. (AFP/Twitter)