POSTED: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:15am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:35pm
A powerful aftershock hit Haiti on Wednesday morning with a 6.1 magnitude which was the strongest the nation has experienced since the devastating earthquake 8 days ago, NBC's Jay Gray has the latest.
The aftershock sent people streaming into the streets and frightened survivors of the earthquake just eight days ago and facing another scare. Still the rescue and relief effort continues and an overnight recovery of a 25 year-old woman who had been trapped for a full week. With each passing day, happy scenes like that are becoming more and more rare, but for the rescue teams, it's still a moment to savor.
As crews race against the clock, efforts to get aid to the people who desperately need it continue. The U.S. is stepping things up, setting up distribution points and in some cases air dropping food and water. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is personally involved in the relief effort, using his skills as a doctor to help those injured in the quake. Concerns over security continue as well, with aid groups saying fears of looting and violence are keeping them from moving as fast as they could. The United Nations insists the looting isn't widespread and says in some cases it's necessary for survival.
It is a struggle to survive for so many right now, relief teams hope the frustration here will ease as more food and water makes its way to those who need it the most.