The attention of the world has suddenly been turned to Haiti, one of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nations. A major earthquake struck the southern part of the country yesterday, the strongest to hit the region in more than two centuries, leaving the country in shambles.

Events like this pose an interesting challenge to editorial cartoonists, who generally use their pens to lampoon and point out the absurdities of politics and current events. But cartoonists are also adept at summing up an event in a single, powerful image that can be more influential and moving than any amount of written words could hope to be.

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UPDATED Thursday 3:02 p.m. EST

Cartoon by Mike Luckovich - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cartoon by Mike Luckovich - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cartoon by John Cole - The Scranton Times-Tribune (click to purchase)

Cartoon by John Cole - The Scranton Times-Tribune (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Joe Heller - Green Bay Press-Gazette (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Joe Heller - Green Bay Press-Gazette (click to purchase)

By David Fitzsimmons - The Arizona Star (click to purchase)

By David Fitzsimmons - The Arizona Star (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Steve Kelleu - The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Cartoon by Steve Kelleu - The New Orleans Times-Picayune

UPDATED Thursday 9:15 a.m. EST

Cartoon by Daryl Cagle - msnbc.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Daryl Cagle - msnbc.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Steve Breen - San Diego Union-Tribune

Cartoon by Steve Breen - San Diego Union-Tribune

Cartoon by Cam Cardow - Ottawa Citizen (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Cam Cardow - Ottawa Citizen (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Steve Greenberg - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Steve Greenberg - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Paresh Nath - The Khaleej Times, UAE (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Paresh Nath - The Khaleej Times, UAE (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Olle Johansson - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Olle Johansson - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Stephen Peray - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purcharse)

Cartoon by Stephen Peray - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purcharse)

UPDATED Wednesday 10:12 p.m. EST

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - The Tulsa World

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - The Tulsa World

Cartoon by Bill Day

Cartoon by Bill Day

UPDATED Wednesday 8:09 p.m. EST

Cartoon by Pat Bagley - Salt Lake Tribune (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Pat Bagley - Salt Lake Tribune (click to purchase)

Cartoon by RJ Matson - The St. Louis Post Dispatch (click to purchase)

Cartoon by RJ Matson - The St. Louis Post Dispatch (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Patrick Corrigan - The Toronto Star (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Patrick Corrigan - The Toronto Star (click to purchase)

UPDATED Wednesday 6:26 p.m. EST

Cartoon by Scott Stantis - The Chicago Tribune

Cartoon by Scott Stantis - The Chicago Tribune

Cartoon by Mark Streeter - The Savannah Morning News

Cartoon by Mark Streeter - The Savannah Morning News

UPDATED Wednesday 4:26 p.m. EST

Cartoon by John Sheriffus - The Boulder Camera

Cartoon by John Sheriffus - The Boulder Camera

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - The Indianapolis Star

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - The Indianapolis Star

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Cartoon by Jim McCloskey - The News Leader (Virginia)

Cartoon by Dave Granlund - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Dave Granlund - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Peter Broelman - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)

Cartoon by Peter Broelman - PoliticalCartoons.com (click to purchase)