Skip to comments.7.0 quake hits impoverished Haiti (hospital collapses; argest quake recorded in this area)
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."
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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.
Ouch. That sounds worse than I first thought. Awful news.
Those poor people. May help arrive quickly and may God ease their pain and suffering.
That’s probably also why that wicked old pirates’ hole, Port Royal, Jamaica, toppled into the sea.
Just wow......here’s an excellent missionary organization
and couple doing fine work among the impoverished of Haiti.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach4 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.
I’m a fallen Catholic, but prayers up. I hate to hear about this happening to those poor people.
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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.
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.
Also, Food For The Poor in Deerfield Beach, FL. Among top 100 charities in the U.S.
Great organization, they come to our church every year.
Based in Jamaica, Father Ho Lung’s order.
This is very bad, folks. Please drop the jokes and just pray for these poor people.
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
I also work with people from the Dominican Republic. Was that affected?
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Tens of thousands???...
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.
Thnak God, at least the tsunami watch has been dropped.
My prayers for the poor, devastated people.
This is going to be just horrible...just heard there are 2 MILLION people who live in Port au Prince.
CNN covering live.
Yes, it’s already a terribly impoverished country and now this.
Thanks....wow ...a dust bowl...
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.
Haiti was already politically and financially a “failed state” before this quake. Chances for its future were already bleak. Now what???
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