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7.0 quake hits impoverished Haiti (hospital collapses; argest quake recorded in this area)
Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2010

Posted on 01/12/2010 3:12:39 PM PST by NYer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, but an analyst at the U.S. Geological Survey said there could be substantial damage and casualties. Powerful aftershocks were felt in the first hour.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west from the Caribbean nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the USGS said. It had a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers).

An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince, and a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

No further details on any causualties or other damage were immediately available.

Don Blakeman, an analyst at the USGS in Golden, Colorado, said such a strong quake carried the potential for widespread damage.

"I think we are going to see substantial damage and casualties," he said.

Blakeman said Haiti had already been hit by many aftershocks, the two largest registering magnitude 5.9 and 5.5.

"We expect more aftershocks because this is a large, shallow earthquake," he said.

The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes.

Another USGS analyst, Dale Grant, said this was "the largest quake recorded in this area." He said the last strong quake was a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture visiting Haiti. "The sky is just gray with dust."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; eq; haiti; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; portauprince; usgs

QUAKE-PRONE OCEAN TRENCHES—Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola (shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic) are located near earthquake-prone deep-ocean trenches similar to those that recently have caused earthquakes and a tsunami off Sumatra, Indonesia. A large fault that runs along Sumatra also bears striking resemblance to the Septentrional Fault Zone in Hispaniola. Deep-ocean trenches occur where two of Earth's crustal plates collide, with one thrusting down beneath the other. (Christopher Polloni, USGS and Jack Cook, WHOI Graphic Services)
1 posted on 01/12/2010 3:12:45 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Haiti is a Catholic nation. Prayer ping!

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


2 posted on 01/12/2010 3:14:05 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Its also a voodoo nation. just saying.

Damages are estimated to be in the tens of dollars.

I’m sorry, this really is sad. Living in Haiti must be bad enough without these kinds of things happening.


3 posted on 01/12/2010 3:16:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: NYer

Ouch. That sounds worse than I first thought. Awful news.


4 posted on 01/12/2010 3:18:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: GeronL

lol!


5 posted on 01/12/2010 3:18:53 PM PST by brivette (paper)
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To: NYer

Those poor people. May help arrive quickly and may God ease their pain and suffering.


6 posted on 01/12/2010 3:20:58 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Bush at his worst was still better than Obama at his best.)
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To: NYer
Septentrional Fault Zone in Hispaniola.

I lived for a year over that fault. It was an earthquake that destroyed the original Santiago de los Caballeros.
7 posted on 01/12/2010 3:24:03 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Kartographer

Ping!


8 posted on 01/12/2010 3:39:27 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: aruanan

That’s probably also why that wicked old pirates’ hole, Port Royal, Jamaica, toppled into the sea.


9 posted on 01/12/2010 3:41:33 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Just wow......here’s an excellent missionary organization
and couple doing fine work among the impoverished of Haiti.

http://www.loveachild.com/


10 posted on 01/12/2010 3:44:13 PM PST by tflabo
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To: NYer
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.

5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.

6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.

12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.

13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

11 posted on 01/12/2010 3:46:17 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: NYer

I’m a fallen Catholic, but prayers up. I hate to hear about this happening to those poor people.


12 posted on 01/12/2010 3:50:42 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: NYer; bd476

Earthquake ping.


13 posted on 01/12/2010 3:53:38 PM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: SaxxonWoods
I’m a fallen Catholic

You are not alone. Many of us here at FR have fallen away over the years. I would encourage you to visit this site.

Catholics Come Home.

Then freepmail me to be added to the Catholic ping list ;-)

14 posted on 01/12/2010 4:03:59 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

NYer, if you have information on relief organizations, please let us know. Missionaries of the Poor springs to mind - they have a large presence in the Caribbean, and they’ll get food and medical care going for the injured and homeless.


15 posted on 01/12/2010 4:04:22 PM PST by Tax-chick (May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Of course! “Archaeology” magazine had an article on Port Royal recently. It was a big city, like a Western mining city, Virginia City or Cripple Creek, and then ... Zot.


16 posted on 01/12/2010 4:06:00 PM PST by Tax-chick (May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.)
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To: Tax-chick

Also, Food For The Poor in Deerfield Beach, FL. Among top 100 charities in the U.S.


17 posted on 01/12/2010 4:10:50 PM PST by Humvee (Beliefs are more powerful than facts - Paulus Atreides)
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To: Humvee; NYer; All

http://www.foodforthepoor.org/

Great organization, they come to our church every year.

http://www.missionariesofthepoor.org/

Based in Jamaica, Father Ho Lung’s order.


18 posted on 01/12/2010 4:13:27 PM PST by Tax-chick (May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.)
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To: NYer
I've been on three medical missionary trips to Haiti. I just got off the phone with the Monsignor who I accompanied on two of those trips. Early word is that Port-Au-Prince is a dust bowl, that the non-reinforced brick structures just crumbled and turned to dust. No construction there is earthquake resistant. Monsignor expects death tolls to be in the tens of thousands.

This is very bad, folks. Please drop the jokes and just pray for these poor people.

19 posted on 01/12/2010 4:30:38 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

I agree Brian, I too have been there for mission trips & the draw of the beautiful and spirited people is only blighted by the terrible situation of life they experience. It does break your heart.

I surely hope that our hospital ship is already steaming it’s way there (but doubt it) and that we will have many troops on the ground by morning.

Wish I could be there to help


20 posted on 01/12/2010 4:36:10 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Prayers up. I am thinking of the many Haitians who work at my hospital. First reports were that a hospital had collapsed. I can't even imagine the loss of life and the facilities to treat the injured.

I also work with people from the Dominican Republic. Was that affected?

21 posted on 01/12/2010 4:43:17 PM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Petronski

Ping to # 19


22 posted on 01/12/2010 4:44:38 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Tens of thousands???...

Dear God...


23 posted on 01/12/2010 4:47:03 PM PST by djf (What has killed more people? 1) Guns in cars or 2) Cell phones in cars???? Do the math!!!!)
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To: AmericaUnite
I also work with people from the Dominican Republic. Was that affected?

The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, and some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes. But no major damage was reported there.

"We felt it very strongly and I would say for a long time. We had time to evacuate," said Monsignor Dionisio Garcia, archbishop of Santiago.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_haiti_earthquake

24 posted on 01/12/2010 4:47:58 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: NYer

Thnak God, at least the tsunami watch has been dropped.

My prayers for the poor, devastated people.


25 posted on 01/12/2010 4:54:21 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

This is going to be just horrible...just heard there are 2 MILLION people who live in Port au Prince.

CNN covering live.


26 posted on 01/12/2010 5:11:14 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Yes, it’s already a terribly impoverished country and now this.


27 posted on 01/12/2010 5:13:22 PM PST by onyx
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To: NYer

Prayers lifted.


28 posted on 01/12/2010 5:19:04 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: SE Mom

Thanks....wow ...a dust bowl...


29 posted on 01/12/2010 5:35:46 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: NYer

http://www.crudem.org/

This is a medical group that some local doctors staff and many people here sponsor. It’s one of the good ones. From the stories the doctors tell, even simple treatments are miracles to those in Haiti. May help be on the way soon.


30 posted on 01/12/2010 8:28:48 PM PST by Desdemona (These are the times that try men's souls. - Remember Christmas 1776)
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To: NYer

Haiti was already politically and financially a “failed state” before this quake. Chances for its future were already bleak. Now what???


31 posted on 01/12/2010 10:28:41 PM PST by Wuli
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Thanks for the Ping, Fanfan.

Earthquake Ping List.
If you wish to be removed from the Earthquake Ping List or added to it, please FReepmail me.



32 posted on 01/13/2010 6:11:59 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

You’re welcome bd476.


33 posted on 01/14/2010 4:23:56 AM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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