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    7.0 earthquake hits Haiti...

    7.0 quake hits Haiti; 'Serious loss of life' expected - CNN.com


    (CNN) -- A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.

    Several eyewitnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, where concrete-block homes line steep hillsides. There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect "serious loss of life," department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

    "The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best," the ambassador, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN.

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    The magnitude 7.0 quake -- the most powerful to hit Haiti in a century -- struck shortly before 5 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It could be felt strongly in eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away, witnesses said.

    Mike Godfrey, an American contractor working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, said "a huge plume of dust and smoke rose up over the city" within minutes of the quake -- "a blanket that completely covered the city and obscured it for about 20 minutes."

    Witnesses reported damaged buildings throughout the capital, including the president's residence and century-old homes nearby, and The Associated Press reported that a hospital collapsed. President Rene Preval is safe, Joseph said, but there was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening.

    He said an official of his government told him houses had crumbled "on the right side of the street and the left side of the street."

    "He said it is a catastrophe of major proportions," Joseph said.

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    Frank Williams, the Haitian director of the relief agency World Vision International, said the quake left people "pretty much screaming" all around Port-au-Prince. He said the agency's building shook for about 35 seconds, "and portions of things on the building fell off."

    "None of our staff were injured, but lots of walls are falling down," Williams said.

    "Many of our staff have tried to leave, but were unsuccessful because the walls from buildings and private residences are falling into the streets, so that it has pretty much blocked significantly most of the traffic."

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    Haiti's government is backed by a U.N. peacekeeping mission established after the ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

    The headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Port-au-Prince collapsed, a U.N. official told CNN.

    There was no immediate report of any dead or wounded from the building, but Alain Le Roy, the undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations said of the 9,000-member, Brazilian led-force, "For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for."

    Outside the capital, several people were hurt when they rushed to get out of a school in the southwestern city of Les Cayes, said the Rev. Kesner Ajax, the school's executive director. Two homes in the area collapsed and the top of a church collapsed in a nearby town, he said, but he did not know of any fatalities.
    Les Cayes, a city of about 400,000 people, is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince.

    The quake took place about 6 miles (10 kilometers) underground, according to the USGS -- a depth that can produce severe shaking. At least 10 aftershocks followed, including two in the magnitude 5 range, the USGS reported.

    Appeals for aid after quake strikes Haiti

    Jean Bernard, an eyewitness in Port-au-Prince, told CNN the city had no electricity Tuesday evening. The first quake lasted 35 to 40 seconds, he said.

    "A lot of houses [and] buildings went down, and people are still running all over the streets," Bernard said. "People are looking for their wives, looking for their husbands and their kids. It's scary."

    Luke Renner, an American staying in Cap-Hatien, a city nearly 100 miles north of Port-au-Prince, said he was sitting at his home when "the whole world started to shake."

    "It felt like our whole house was balancing on a beach ball," Renner said. "We heard the whole community screaming and in an uproar during that whole 20- to 30-second window."

    "I haven't seen any structural damage here," Renner continued. "With the sun setting it may be difficult to tell. In the morning we'll know for sure."
    Because of the earthquake's proximity to the capital, and because the city is densely populated and has poorly constructed housing, "it could cause significant casualties," said Jian Lin, a senior geologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

    In Washington, President Obama said the U.S. government would "stand ready to assist the people of Haiti." At the Pentagon, the U.S. military said humanitarian aid was being prepared for shipping, but it was not yet clear where or how it would be sent. A U.S. aviation source said the control tower at the Port-au-Prince international airport collapsed, possibly hindering efforts to fly relief supplies into the country.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that Washington is offering "our full assistance" to Haiti."

    The deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Haiti, David Lindwall, told Clinton that he saw "significant damage" from the quake and said U.S. officials there expect "serious loss of life," Crowley said.

    And Clinton's husband, former President Clinton -- now the U.N. special envoy for Haiti -- said the world body was "committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts."

    The United States has been heavily involved in Haiti commercially, politically and militarily for most of the last century. U.S. intervention under Clinton restored Aristide to power in 1994 after a 1991 coup, and a U.S. jet hustled him out of the country again in 2004 following a rapidly spreading uprising against his government.
    The disaster is the latest to befall the country of about 9 million people, roughly the size of Maryland. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the poorest in the world.

    With people stripping the trees for fuel and to clear land for agriculture, the mountainous countryside has been heavily deforested. That has led to severe erosion and left Haitians vulnerable to massive landslides when heavy rains fall.
    Hurricane Gordon killed more than 1,000 people in 1994, while Hurricane Georges killed more than 400 and destroyed the majority of the country's crops in 1998. And in 2004, Hurricane Jeanne killed more than 3,000 people as it passed north of Haiti, with most of the deaths in the northwestern city of Gonaives.

    Gonaives was hit heavily again in 2008, when four tropical systems passed through.
    In addition, a Haitian school collapsed in November 2008, killing more than 90 people and injuring 150 -- a disaster authorities blamed on poor construction.
    Eighty percent of Haiti's population lives under the poverty line, according to the CIA World Factbook.
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    Like these peoples lives were not miserable enough already, they really needed this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    Like these peoples lives were not miserable enough already, they really needed this.
    For damn sure is and it will only get worse it seems.
    Poor bastards.

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    From Doctors Without Borders...
    The first reports are now emerging from MSF teams who were already working on medical projects Haiti and have treated hundreds of people injured in the quake. "The situation is chaotic," said one senior staff. "I visited five medical centers, including a major hospital, and most of them were not functioning."
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    I read elsewhere that none of the hospitals were functioning but haven't seen that repeated. Either way, it looks grim. According to CNN, quoting Haiti's PM, "hundreds of thousands may have died." http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/am...ake/index.html

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    It is all very sad but the outcome is predictable .
    The World will pledge aid and dollars but the people who need help will only get a small percentage after the Hi-So government and agency people have taken their cut .

    It might sound cynical, but for many years I worked in search and rescue after disasters ( supervising heavy plant removing collapsed buildings etc) including the Tsunami here in Phuket - and it is always the same !

    The only exception was the last Taiwanese earthquake where they handled it themselves and when it was all sorted they still had a few million dollars generated internally - left over .

    They spent it on building health centres in the mountain areas !

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerbees
    I read elsewhere that none of the hospitals were functioning but haven't seen that repeated. Either way, it looks grim.
    indeed, also reports that the airport is closed as the control tower is damaged.

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    Last I heard on NPR, they were using one of the hangars at the airport as a makeshift hospital.

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    About 3 million people live in the area. Nearly all buildings within the capital, Port au Prince, reduced to rubble. Dead lying in the streets and many in hospitals where they can get no care. Estimates of dead expected to exceed 100,000.

    This is a nasty one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    About 3 million people live in the area. Nearly all buildings within the capital, Port au Prince, reduced to rubble. Dead lying in the streets and many in hospitals where they can get no care. Estimates of dead expected to exceed 100,000.

    This is a nasty one.
    I've heard up to half-a-million fatalities. Quite the tragedy.

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    That is exactly why I built my house on empty 55 gallon drums with rubber liners filled with Helium gas, it sets light on the ground incase of Earthquake and will float if a Tsunami ever did reach this far inland,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    About 3 million people live in the area. Nearly all buildings within the capital, Port au Prince, reduced to rubble. Dead lying in the streets and many in hospitals where they can get no care. Estimates of dead expected to exceed 100,000.

    This is a nasty one.
    I've heard up to half-a-million fatalities. Quite the tragedy.
    Problem is that with no communications any number sounds feasible. I suspect people are just guessing numbers at this stage, which can be counter-productive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    I suspect people are just guessing numbers at this stage
    News media always jump onto the number of dead way before an accurate assessment can be made. For the media, the more dead the more folks are likely to watch. Same thing happened when the Tsunami story was first breaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    The World will pledge aid and dollars but the people who need help will only get a small percentage after the Hi-So government and agency people have taken their cut .
    How horribly true...don't many humans suck....bloody air thieves...

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    ^ Nice Obama acted so quickly (unlike the three days it took for his statement on the undie bomber) and took ten minutes from the backroom healthchare dealings.

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    The World will pledge aid and dollars but the people who need help will only get a small percentage after the Hi-So government and agency people have taken their cut .
    How horribly true...don't many humans suck....bloody air thieves...
    Yes. Very sad. Many of the folks are illiterate and live on $2 a day as it was. Of course the US was first on the scene with help. Our Governor General, Michaelle Jean, is from Haiti, so Canada is putting a lot of effort into the help effort, too. Cuba is just next door...

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    The United States began deploying troops to Haiti and rescue workers from around the globe continued to descend on the earthquake-ravaged nation Thursday, even as massive infrastructure damage was hampering efforts and the first reports of looting began to emerge. The Haitian Red Cross now estimates the number of deaths at between 45,000 and 50,000.

    Link,..the Miami Herald
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    It takes a lot to move me these days, but I felt really bad when reading the news about this today.

    As if these people don't have enough crap to deal with already.

    the thing that REALLY annoys me is the lack of haste in the world pulling together to help out in situations like this.

    I WOULD GET ON A PLANE TOMORROW if I could afford it and go and help out, but I can't afford the flight!

    Oh well I will just sit and look at the updates of this on my computer, when I could be out there helping others

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    All cellular telephone companies in the US have created a SMS address for Haiti Relief... Just text "HAITI" to the number 90999 to donate $10 US to the Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts...

    Here's a link with the details...

    Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Haiti American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom

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    I have been glued to CNN since the beginning. They are doing a great job pointing people to where they cannot donate.
    Anybody know how Fox is doing with their coverage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by killerbees
    I read elsewhere that none of the hospitals were functioning but haven't seen that repeated. Either way, it looks grim.
    indeed, also reports that the airport is closed as the control tower is damaged.
    The airport was tiny in the first place, for the aid logistics required there right now. The port is also damaged, with the cranes inoperable.
    I was looking at the carnage on the news this morning, and there wasn't much sign of any rebar sticking out of the concrete rubble.. Poor sods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    I have been glued to CNN since the beginning. They are doing a great job pointing people to where they cannot donate.
    Anybody know how Fox is doing with their coverage?
    Hope they interview Pat Robertson. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by meow View Post
    the thing that REALLY annoys me is the lack of haste in the world pulling together to help out in situations like this.
    How quickly can the world react? First they have to determine if the runway is OK. Was there anyone there that was even qualified to do so? Then they have to determine if it's safe. They had to bring in a UN air traffic control system since the tower was destroyed. It's not as easy as you think. You don't want to go sending too many people because you could just make things worse.

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