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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Haiti


#1 Purple Flames   MC Sucka DJ CAGiversary!   5642 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

http://news.national...uake-red-cross/

The magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday is the strongest earthquake to hit the region in more than two centuries, geologists say. (See Haiti earthquake pictures.)

While earthquakes are not uncommon in the Caribbean island country, the recent Haiti earthquake's intensity surprised experts.
"It's quite strange" from a historical perspective, said Julie Detton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Haiti is part of the island of Hispaniola, which also hosts the Dominican Republic. The last major earthquake to strike Haiti's side of the island was in 1860.
Yesterday's initial earthquake, which struck at about 5 p.m. local time yesterday, spawned dozens of aftershocks, about 15 of which were magnitude 5 or greater.
Whether the earthquake could trigger other major quakes is not known.
"It's not something that we can project is going to happen," Detton said.
"But definitely if you're moving two [plates] in one area, you're building up stress and strain in another."
Haiti Earthquake: Seismic Stresses
The Haiti earthquake was caused by the release of seismic stresses that had built up around two tectonic plates.
The motions of these plates create what are known as strike-slip faults, where two sections of Earth's crust are grinding past each other in opposite directions.
"The Caribbean plate is moving eastward with respect to the North American plate," Detton said.
When the stresses along the fault lines reach a certain point, they can be released in bursts of energy that cause earthquakes, although it's unclear when the energy will be discharged as a series of small quakes or as one big temblor.
Since Haiti is very close to the boundary where the Caribbean and North American plates meet, fault lines linked to the plates' movements run right through the country, Detton said.
In fact, the epicenter of the earthquake was about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince. (See a Haiti map.)
In addition, the Haiti earthquake was very shallow, being centered just 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) below Earth's surface.
This put impoverished Port-au-Prince close to the most intense shaking, contributing to the scale of the devastation: Thousands are feared dead and countless buildings have collapsed, from schools and hotels to the Haitian Parliament and local UN headquarters.
The American Red Cross estimates that the Haiti earthquake may have affected about three million people in total.

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this. If you wanna help out, go to http://www.yele.org/ to make a donation.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:25 PM

While I feel badly for the people who've lost their homes and relatives, I cannot condone our government pledging to give this country $100 million when we can't even provide food, shelter or other aid to the homeless people in our own country.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:42 PM

It is only 100 million American dollars.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

Just text HAITI to 90999 and your ten dollar donation will go to the Red Cross and be applied to your wireless bill.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:47 PM

While I feel badly for the people who've lost their homes and relatives, I cannot condone our government pledging to give this country $100 million when we can't even provide food, shelter or other aid to the homeless people in our own country.


Sure, but it's not like it would have gone to them anyway.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:09 PM

While I feel badly for the people who've lost their homes and relatives, I cannot condone our government pledging to give this country $100 million when we can't even provide food, shelter or other aid to the homeless people in our own country.

Of the 109 countries that pledged aid to American during Hurricane Katrina, $100 million equals exactly one of those pledges.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:16 PM

While I feel badly for the people who've lost their homes and relatives, I cannot condone our government pledging to give this country $100 million when we can't even provide food, shelter or other aid to the homeless people in our own country.


I agree. Fuck those people who had a natural disaster happen to them. They should bootstrap themselves out of this situation. Don't they realize we have problems of our own and can't be bothered to help them out?

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#8 dmaul1114   Banned Banned   24688 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:10 PM

Yeah, some absurd points here. Natural disasters are a tragedy that affect whole areas. Homelessness is a terrible thing, but most homeless end up that way through poor choices, addictions etc. Helping the homeless is certainly a very worthy cause, and one I have contributed to in the past, but natural disasters should take precedent IMO

Also silly to complain that the US didn't get pledges as large as it gives when it got hit by Katrina. The US is by far the richest nation, and as such it does and should carry more of the burden in helping out in disasters.

Anyhow, just donated $50 to the Red Cross Haiti fund.

Edited by dmaul1114, 14 January 2010 - 11:21 PM.

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#9 DarkNessBear   CABear CAGiversary!   6477 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:13 PM

Yea, I'm glad we are helping those that really need help. $100 mil is nothing compared to the amount we have spent in Iraq ect.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:43 AM

It is only 100 million American dollars.


Oh, American dollars. Hell, those people are going to starve. ;)

And my first reaction was to say "We need that money more than them", but 100 million is only a drop in the bucket compared to the debt we're in, so no big deal.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 03:23 PM

We're just spending $100 million of china's money. May as well sent over half a billion, make us look even better.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:42 AM

I already donated 10 bucks to the Red Cross through Text Message. They already have 10 million dollars in donations from Text Message, but its not going to last long. We have American Citizens and Troops down their now helping out the people of Haiti. Please Donate to the Red Cross everyone.