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        Haiti Earthquake

        Guys if this is the bad place for posting this please mod move it to the correct section.
        I am shocked from what happened and it is a very urgent news to us all.
        God be with them


        This is part of the news.


        A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-PrinceHaiti's envoy to the US said it was a "catastrophe of major proportions".
        Buildings, including a hospital, are said to have collapsed, and rescue efforts are under way.
        The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.
        The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards.
        A Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince said he had seen "dozens of dead and injured people" in the rubble of fallen buildings.

        Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in Port-au-Prince, told colleagues in the US "there must be thousands of people dead".
        The aid worker had managed to phone his colleagues before communication links went down.
        The BBC's Nick Davies in neighbouring Jamaica says the ground apparently shook for more than a minute in Haiti.
        Local people, he said, were using anything they could get their hands on - including farm equipment - to help release those trapped in the quake.
        Our correspondent adds that, as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is likely to need international aid in order to cope with the quake's impact.
        'Three million affected'
        US President Barack Obama said in a statement that his "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of Haiti and America stood ready to assist them.

        UN officials said they were having trouble contacting their mission in Haiti to get a clear picture of the aftermath.
        We are trying to get in touch with our people on the ground but we are experiencing communication problems, which is not unusual in a disaster such as this," spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker told AFP news agency in New York.
        spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker told AFP news agency in New York.
        Raymond Joseph, Haiti's ambassador to the US, told CNN: "I think it is really a catastrophe of major proportions
        He said he had just spoken to a government colleague in  Port-au-Prince:
        "He had to stop his car just about half an hour ago, and take to the streets, start walking, but he said houses were crumbling on the right side of the street and the left side of the street.
        "He does not know whether he would reach his home, not knowing what he would find, because he had a bridge [/URL] cross to get there."
        Mike Blanpied of the US Geological Survey said that, based on the location and size of the quake, about three million people will have been severely shaken by its impact.
        "This quake occurred under land as opposed to off-shore, so a [/URL]lot of people were directly exposed to the shaking coming off that earthquake fault, which was quite shallow," he told the BBC.
        He added that as the quake had occurred near a highly populated urban area, the aftershocks could cause additional damage to already shaken buildings.
        'Rubble and wire'
        An Associated Press cameraman saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, a hilly suburb of the capital, and Henry Bahn, a visiting official from the US Department of Agriculture, said he had seen houses which had tumbled into a ravine.
        "Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Mr Bahn, who described the sky as "just grey with dust".
        He said he had been walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.
        "I just held on and bounced across the wall," he said.  "I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance."
        directly exposed to the shaking coming off that earthquake fault, which was quite shallow," he told the BBC.
        He said rocks were strewn all over the place, and the ravine where several homes had fallen in was "just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire".
        BBC News website readers in the Dominican Republic, which borders Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, said they had also felt the quake.
        "My family is on the 8th floor of a tower in downtown Santo Domingo," wrote Max Levine.
        "We felt a swaying of the building for 5-10 seconds. All the lamps were swinging. There was a 20-second pause and then another similar sway. We rushed out of the building with many others to the street."
        In the immediate aftermath of the quake, a tsunami watch was put out for Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, but this was later lifted


        Guys don't forget to supplicate for them  we will be with you guys.


        Angara Samuel

        From Haiti.
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        Very sad.  I am keeping everyone over there in my prayers.

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        I simply cannot verbalize the many different emotions this brought for me,  I was just horrified to hear this happened.  My prayers go out to every one in Haiti.  I hope the USA acts quickly in this state of emergency along with all the united nations.  Many many prayers go out to Haiti.
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        Such devastation and destruction. So frightening an earthquake is with no warning. I hope everyone around the world will unite to bring relief to Haiti.

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        Very sad and devastating news to come across for all of us.
        All our hearts and prayers go to the people of Haiti, families and friends of those suffering in this sudden unexpected destruction.
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        Prayers are great.  However, let me encourage each of you to give sacrificially to a group that will provide direct relief to the suffering people of Haiti.
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        This is true drpsyce38, however, on good morning america this morning they did a segment on this advising people to give to only groups that are listed on their websites list.  A warning was given because there are dirty rotten evil people who will try to scam people just to make a few dollars off of this by claiming to be "relief groups".  So beware, sometimes trying to do the right thing can actually cost much much more, not only to you but to the people of Haiti if given to groups no one has heard of.  Also beware of emails from groups you have not heard of before and/or people you dont know.
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        I only would give to those who are:

        1. Sending food
        2. Medicine.
        3. Water.
        4 Relief workers (No, not Red Cross)

        The govt is corrupt there, they cannot easily convert the stuff sent into cash or hide it. So, that's also a warning...
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        fiscal 2009 the united states has given over 280 MILLION to haiti....BEFORE the earthquake.


        where'd that money go?...corrupt??...ya think?

        why is it that the other side of the island (dominican republic ) seems to be doing ok?

        unless i personally went there and helped someone, they won't be getting a penny from me.

        the US isn't the powerhouse it once was...the 100 million we are sending there now could do some serious help here, to people who TRULY need it, not people who are too lazy to get off their asses and help themselves.

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          My heartfelt prayers go out to my brothers and sisters of Haiti, I have donated to Wyclef Jean's organization as he has always been on the forefront working to help Haiti, despite the corruption.  I am a volunteer for the RED CROSS but I won't donate to them.  They have not accounted for the millions already given to them before this.  I am not here to judge anyone but I put my money where I feel in my heart it will be used wisely.  God Bless Haiti!
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        My heart goes out to them and I will be praying for them as well...really break my heart when I see, hear things like this...
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        Max1....if a tragedy ever struck you or your family, I would gladly lay those sort of feelings aside and help any way I could.....
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          max1mike wrote:

          the US isn't the powerhouse it once was...the 100 million we are sending there now could do some serious help here, to people who TRULY need it, not people who are too lazy to get off their asses and help themselves.




          Are you saying that the people who died and the people who are trapped and dying are too lazy to help themselves ....if not - who do you mean?

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          As someon who has experienced; natural disaster are so scary as you never know when or where they will hit and certainly are uncontrolable.  The people of Haiti are in my heart and on my mind that they will have the strength to get through.
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          The tears and the heart felt empathy is great...it really is.  Nothing like compassion!  But, let's be willing to open up our wallets or volunteer to help with the suffering there.

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