Moderate Earthquake Strikes East Coast of Cuba
By Mariela Rosario | 03/22/2010 - 10:30

A moderate 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Cuba over the weekend, causing minimal damage and no injuries. The quake struck the eastern coast of the island, where the Guantánamo Bay military base is located. Santiago de Cuba, the largest city in that region of Cuba, is located about 40 miles southeast of the epicenter of the quake. An aftershock measuring 4.8 hit the same area about 90 minutes later.

Read more
Sound Check: Nacional Records Release Benefit Album for Chile
By Grace Bastidas | 03/18/2010 - 16:00

Anyone who has visited Chile in the past knows that Chileans are some of the most hospitable people in the world—always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. I’ve been to both Santiago and Valparaiso and I’m always surprised how friendly locals are, especially as a native New Yorker since we’re taught from an early age to keep to ourselves. Not in Chile. I’ve had folks walk me to the metro station when I looked hopelessly lost and even invite me over to their homes for dinner with their friends and family. That’s just the Chilean way.

Read more
Devastating Quake Hits Chile, Country Searches for Survivors
By Elayne Fluker | 03/01/2010 - 14:12

Just one and half months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, another, measuring an 8.8 magnitude, hit the South American country of Chile this weekend, killing a reported 708 people and leaving 1.5 million without power in the capital of Santiago. Rescuers worked through the night on Saturday to help free people who may be trapped in a 15-story building in Concepcion, about 70 miles from the center of the quake. Adding injury to the rescue efforts, six hospitals collapsed and another two have been severely damaged, making medical aid for survivors even more of a challenge.

Read more
Angelina Jolie visits Haitian Earthquake Survivors in Dominican Hospital
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/09/2010 - 17:18

Actress Angelina Jolie recently met with Haitian earthquake victims currently receiving medical care in a Dominican hospital. The U.N. Goodwill Ambassador traveled to the Dario Contrera Hospital located in the capital of Santo Domingo to tour the center and speak with several of the dozens of survivors, some of whom recognized Jolie and asked for her help.

Read more
Back to Business as Usual for Tourism in Haiti and the Dominican Republic?
By Mariela Rosario | 01/21/2010 - 15:28

Many areas of northern Haiti and all of the Dominican Republic seem to have remained relatively unaffected by the turmoil that has destroyed the capital city of Port Au Prince in Haiti. Royal Caribbean was the first to dock a cruise ship at the northern port of Labadee in Haiti since last week's devastating earthquake and now other luxury liners are following suit. In the Dominican Republic, the tourists are still lined up at the bars, sipping on rum drinks and playing water sports.

Read more
Ricky Martin Lends a Helping Hand in Haiti
By Mariela Rosario | 01/20/2010 - 09:57

Ricky Martin landed in Haiti yesterday to do some hands-on volunteering in the shaken country. Martin traveled with Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford to the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and was deeply effected by all that he saw.

Read more