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Old 01-12-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A major earthquake struck just off the coast of Haiti late this afternoon, reportedly causing extensive damage in the capital of Port-au-Prince, and one aid worker said "there must be thousands of people dead."

Major Earthquake Hits Haiti With Widespread Damage and Tsunami Watch - ABC News
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Our little girl is from Haiti. This is terrible news anywhere...but in Haiti this could be an epic disaster.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I truly hope for the best. I know many lives have been lost, this is so sad. Hopefully they can receive the aid that they need.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:28 AM
 
Location: rain city
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I'm watching breaking news right now....rescue groups are on the way but reportedly the air traffic control tower at the Port-au-Prince airport has collapsed and the airport is badly damaged. There is no electricity and no working phone service in Port-au-Prince. The main hospital has suffered severe damage.

It was mentioned that on any day, Port-au-Prince had nearly minimal functioning emergency services such as fire protection or ambulances. Haiti has no functional public infrastructure. They have almost nothing in the way of domestic resources.

International aid is their only savior right now.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:37 AM
 
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On the local NYC area NBC news, it was announced that if anyone wants to help they can call NYC's 311 number.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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So terribly sad, once again one of the poorest countries in the world suffers terribly.


How this poor battered Nation can come back from the worst earthquake in over 200 years ? Haiti had of course only suffered some terrible floods after tropical storms and hurricanes.

My thoughts are with all the victims and their loved ones.

All the aid agencies and rescue and search teams here in the UK and France etc... are about to leave as will many other Nations' but this really is such a widespread tragedy.

Port au Prince seems to have been destroyed on quite a scale, the airport severely damaged and I assume the infrastructure levelled so this will make hinder rescue efforts further.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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CNN is reporting that the head of UN Peacekeeping is among the 'missing' (ie. can't say it officially but likely dead) and that the Peacekeepers took heavy casualties when their headquarters building was heavily damaged in the quake.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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As soon as I heard this my stomach dropped, out of all places, Haiti is already going through enough
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Wow, this is terrible. Estimates of up to 100,000 dead. The saddest part is the schools that collapsed. Nothing bothers me more than innocent children dying.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Why is the U.S. so slow in sending help?

We are one of the richest nations in the world with a huge military. Last night we knew the level of devastation. Why didn't we have hundreds if not thousands of military "on the scene" by this morning (the day after)?

They need help right now. People are trapped under buildings and dying.

It just infuriates me to see our great nation so painfully slow in its response. 48 hours is too long..
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