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01-12-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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Earthquake in Haiti today at 5 pm, EST

Anyone heard/saw what happened there today? Richter scale at 7.0 ... !

Gosh, those people sure didn't need something like that after all of the climatic, economic and social problems they have been having lately.

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Don't normally think of the Carribean as a place for large quakes. I haven't heard anything at all. Must not be on the news channels priority list.
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It's all over the news here. MyFox Tampabay was all over it last night.

Well our apology president has offered our support. So when is Iran, Venezuela, Cuba going to offer their money and personell?

My church has missionaries down there. So far no word. My prayers go out to the Haitian people.
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QuoteOriginally posted by reeftool Quote
Don't normally think of the Carribean as a place for large quakes. I haven't heard anything at all. Must not be on the news channels priority list.
Haiti is right on the edge of the Caribbean Plate, where it's sliding against the North American Plate. Just about the same situation as the San Andreas Fault zone, which is the North American and Pacific Plates sliding against one another. The island chains on the eastern Caribbean are caused by the subduction zone where the South American Plate is diving beneath the Caribbean Plate. LOTS of earthquake potential.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Plate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tectonic_plates_Caribbean.png

This quake's hypocenter was shallow, only 10 km directly under Port-au-Prince.
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: Earthquake Location: HAITI REGION
with an intensity of VIII-IX on the Modified Mercalli scale which relates to damage and felt intensity.
Shakemap us2010rja6

Pretty bad, especially given the way buildings are constructed in the poor countries.


Sadly true about it not making any mention in the news, though.

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Obama promised lots of assistance in a good quick speech. The local news indicated the LA Co. Fire Dept is ssending a big group with earthquake rescue gear for heavy lifting etc. The are awaiting gov't air transportation. The pictures from Haite were awful. Poor people.
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'Don't normally think of the Carribean as a place for large quakes.'

Port Royal, Jamaica:
In archaeology, Port Royal is the site of the only earthquake which can be dated closely by not only date, but time—which is documented by recovery from the sea floor in the 1960s of a pocket watch stopped at 11:43 a.m. recording the time of the devastating earthquake shortly before[1][2] on June 7, 1692, largely destroying Port Royal, causing two thirds of the city to sink into the Caribbean Sea such that today it is covered by a minimum of 25 ft (8 m) of water.
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Haven't heard it yet on headline news, but then that's not unexpected.
Hope they find the comfort they need during this tough time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Phil1 Quote
Obama promised lots of assistance in a good quick speech. The local news indicated the LA Co. Fire Dept is ssending a big group with earthquake rescue gear for heavy lifting etc. The are awaiting gov't air transportation. The pictures from Haite were awful. Poor people.
Of course he did.


Thing to remember of Haiti is they are almost totally dependent on foreign aid. They don't make anything there. The ultimate welfare state.

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QuoteOriginally posted by graphicgr8s Quote
Of course he did.


Thing to remember of Haiti is they are almost totally dependent on foreign aid. They don't make anything there. The ultimate welfare state.
Don't they make some pretty good cigars?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Don't they make some pretty good cigars?
Nope

Let me rephrase. Not good ones.

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QuoteOriginally posted by reeftool Quote
Don't normally think of the Carribean as a place for large quakes. I haven't heard anything at all. Must not be on the news channels priority list.
I has been so in the major news, at least here in Canada.
It is not, as you say, a zone of earthquakes, but this one was very powerful: 7.0!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Don't they make some pretty good cigars?
Thank you for the comment from the, ahem, 'Loyal Opposition.'
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Thank you for the comment from the, ahem, 'Loyal Opposition.'
He was asking a question. Too bad the answer is no.
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Well, Montreal has a massive Haitian population, so as one may expect there has been nothing else on the news since 6am. It's continous coverage.

Quite a catastrophe...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Don't they make some pretty good cigars?
They don't make much of anything in Haiti...

It's a country destroyed by crime, corruption and poverty... slums like "Cité du soleil" are amongst the most dangerous places on earth, at par with or worse than Liberia. And just to make things interesting, they get more than their fair share of natural disasters...

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