Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Rocked with a 7.0 Earthquake Jan-12-2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti was rocked with a 7.0 earthquake that has left unimaginable damage. The earthquake was the strongest Haiti had seen in over 200 years.Hospitals collapsed with screaming victims trapped inside. The National Palace, U.N. peacekeeper headquarters and other buildings were totally destroyed, U.S. officials reported bodies in the streets and an aid official described it as "total disaster and chaos."

Communication throughout Haiti was disruppted. Electricity is out in most of the area that was hit, and people are scrambling to rescue family, friends , and neighbors from the rubble.



The Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue team loaded equipment in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles on Tuesday before heading to Haiti.They plan to bring food, medical supplies, clean water l and aid to rescue as many people as possible. President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Haiti and that the U.S. stood ready to help the impoverished Caribbean nation.


Reports of broken walls being damaged,and a number of bodies in the street and on the sidewalk that had been hit by debris. So clearly, there's going to be serious loss of life in this disaster. White House officials said Obama had asked aides to make sure U.S. personnel at the embassy were safe,and taken care of. There are fewer than 20 U.S. military personnel in Haiti, largely working with the embassy there. Officials said Obama told them to start preparing in case humanitarian assistance was needed.
There are hundreds of Americans, that are concerned for their family members in Haiti. More then likely they can't be contacted because all means of communication is down. President Obama has set up a Hot Line for people to call who are seeking to find information on lost family members in Haiti. He is asking people to call 1(888) 407-4747 to find lost family members. If you would like to donate food, or your services please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/.
This is a picture of the badly damaged presidential palace after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince. The quake struck at 4:53 p.m., toppling the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike.



More then 80% of Haiti is living in poverty. Their natural resources such as water was scarce before the earthquake it yesturday. They are in need of as much help as they can get.If you or anyone you know would like to offer services, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/. My heart goes out to all the people that are suffering through this disaster. Thank goodness we now have a President with compassion, and heart. This could have very well been another Katrina situation. Im very pleased with the way Obama and his administration have handled the situation well. Help is on the way. Im sure to the people of Haiti it can't come soon enough.

5 comments:

  1. Wow! I've been hearing about this all day, but never got a deep understanding to what went down until now. I will definetly look into donating something. Damn!

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  2. Prayer, Prayers, and more Prayers, all I can say is WOW ! Good to know that help is on the way.

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  3. his is soo sad...I'm prayin Oh Dee hard.

    Love the blog

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  4. this story is especially close to home. my father was born n raised in port au prince haiti. it saddens me to know that part of my roots is going through this especially since they were allready experiencing turmoil. i had hoped one day to see port au prince. now i just hope everyone in port au prince are given the help they need to rebuild what they lost.

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