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Earthquake (7.0 to 7.3) Rocks Haiti

Earthquake (7.0 to 7.3) Rocks Haiti:
US send in rescue troops
by Ezili Danto
Earthquake (7.0 to 7.3) rocks Haiti: Aftershocks reverbarating, People can only see dust, US sending in military troops, Tsumani warming in effect

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    "The area of Kafou is severely affected...the population of Port au Prince has just been REDUCED, don't know by about how much. Everyone, rich and poor, build on the mountains, the mountains are down! This is going back to the ground zero. Back to the 1804 beginning." ---a call from Haiti, Jan, 12 2010 at 6:10pm.

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(Live Radio link reporting/streaming on the earthquake)
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A major earthquake, 7.0 to 7.3 on the richter scale, rocks Haiti, stricking just off the heavily populated Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Here is Ezili's HLLN current information, as of this writing:

The General Hospital in Port-au-Prince is down

Palace is collaspe - palè a kraze!

President Renee Preval and his wife escaped injury.

No one knows how many dead or injured

Report from an HLLN member who was on the phone to Haiti, told us that: "The road to Delmas 60 has collapsed down the mountain burying many homes. The people are screaming for help. Down the hill closer to Teleco there are a lot of UN troops on the street but that many of the roads are blocked with debries from collapsed homes..."

The aftershock is revebarating
 
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People can only see dust -pousyè - dust, everywhere.

Obama is sending in military/rescue troops and humanitarian aid.

Phone lines that are working are: Haiti-tel and Voila.

Digicel tower is down.

No landlines are working. no radio broadcast, no TV broadcast, no electricity...

Tsunami warning still in effect

All windows are shattered in houses in la plaine

Houses are falling down everywhere.

All the poor living on the mountains, in houses build on the mountains, feared suffered heavy, heavy casualty. Our report is that these houses on the mountains tumbled down, one on top another

A terrible situation! Devastating. There's NEVER been an earthquake of this magnitude in Haiti. Major aftershocks happening...

Nothing works, no one to assist for anyone

No one knows where necessary personnel are

As of this writing, State Department has little contact with US Embassy compound (For the first three hours after the earth quake.)

There are about 1000 US personnel asigned to the US compound (our info at the time the US Embassy , the fifth largest US Embassy in the WORLD, was opened 2-years ago in Haiti). It was built after the 2004 Haiti Bush Regime change and it is the fifth largest US embassy, only after those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and China.

There are 9000 UN troops in Haiti.

The quake was quickly followed by two nearby, strong aftershocks of initial magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5.

The aftershocks were major earthquakes in and of themselves.

This is catastrophic. Changes everything.

Here's official maps and tabbed data for the 7.0 quake...
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010rja6.php#maps

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Ezili Dantò of HLLN

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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CNN is reporting now.
7.0 earthquake hits Haiti

A major earthquake struck just off the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on
Tuesday, sparking a tsunami watch for parts of the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There was no immediate report of damage or injuries from the quake. However, The Associated Press reported that a hospital had collapsed.

The quake had a reported magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 mile (16km) off the coast and about 6 miles (10 km) underground, according to the
USGS.

A tsunami watch was posted for Haiti and parts of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, but historical data suggests a destructive, widespread tsunami was not a threat, the USGS reported.

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Major magnitude 7 quake hits Haiti: USGS
Reuters
Tuesday, January 12, 2010; 5:40 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/12/AR2010011202702.html?hpid=topnews


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major magnitude 7.0 quake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday and prompted a tsunami watch for parts the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on Tuesday.

The epicenter of the quake, which was initially reported off the coast, was
located inland, only 10 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince and was very
shallow at a depth of only 6.2 miles.

A major earthquake, of magnitude 7 or higher, is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties.

The tsunami center said the watch was in effect for Haiti, the neighboring
Dominican Republic, with which it shares the island of Hispaniola, Cuba and the Bahamas.

"A destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," the center said. "However, there is the possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a 100 km (60 miles) from the earthquake epicenter."
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The quake was quickly followed by two nearby, strong aftershocks of initial magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5,

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler, Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Tsunami alert after buildings collapse as powerful quake rocks Haiti
By Helen Kennedy
Daily News Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 5:58 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/01/12/2010-01-12_hospital_collapses_panic_in_the_streets_as_powerful_quake_rocks_haiti.html


A major earthquake hit the hurricane-battered island of Haiti Tuesday,
collapsing buildings - including at least one hospital - and prompting a
tsunami alert for the eastern Caribbean.

The magnitude 7.3 quake hit close to the capital Port-au-Prince, officials
said.

Two powerful aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale followed soon after, further damaging structures weakened by the initial quake.

The streets of the capital were reported to be full of panicked people. Power was out and phone service was down.

In Petitionville, where the hospital was wrecked, a visiting official with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture said homes had apparently collapsed into a ravine.

"The sky is just gray with dust," Henry Bahn told the Associated Press.

"I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance."

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been through untold misery in recent years.

A series of devastating storms and hurricanes in 2008 - Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike - killed hundreds and left up to a million homeless.

The island was just beginning to start showing the first signs of recovery.

Seventy percent of Haiti's population lives on less than two dollars a day and half the 8.5 million population is unemployed.

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Strong quake hits Haiti, collapsing hospital
05:38 PM

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/01/strong-quake-hits-haiti-collapsing-hospital/1

The epicenter of the quake was 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the
capital.

By U.S. Geological Survey
A powerful earthquake has struck Haiti, collapsing a hospital, the AP is
reporting.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 7 and said the quake occurred at 4:53 p.m. ET, about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital. It was 6.2 miles deep.

A 5.9 aftershock hit at 5 p.m., followed by a magnitude 5.5 at 5:12 p.m.

A tsunami watch has been issued for Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says "a destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data."

A tsunami is not expected along the coasts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states, and Eastern Canadian provinces, according to the Atlantic warning center.

An AP videographer saw the hospital in Petionville collapse and could hear
screams.

Update at 6:07 p.m. ET: USGS analyst Dale Grant told AP it was "the largest quake recorded in this area." The last strong quake was magnitude 6.7 in 1984.

Analyst Don Blakeman said, "I think we are going to see substantial damage and casualties." He added, "We expect more aftershocks because this is a large, shallow earthquake."

A U.S. Department of Agriculture official reported seeing houses that had
tumbled into a ravine.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, who was visiting Haiti. "The sky is just gray with dust."

Bahn said he was 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."

Bahn said there were rocks strewn all over the place and he saw a ravine where several homes had been built. "It's just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire," he said.

(Posted by Michael Winter)

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Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
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