It's the novelty of the situation that's generating the interest I think.
Then again, Port-au-Prince isn't the same sort of place as London or New York.We see little in common with it. Most people have never been there. Most people know something of New York, whether we've been there or not, so we're interested.
@woot, BBC Radio 4/5 have mentioned the 69 Caribbean deaths from Sandy and News 24 were running a piece last night on it's impact on the islands. But i'd have to agree with you. White news for white people. :-/