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jeffb 01-12-2010 11:08 PM

Haiti earthquake, serious loss of life expected
 
My uncle is stationed there with the UN. I just talked to my Mother & Aunt, they have got word from him that he was leaving work when the earthquake hit and is fine, but his office building colapsed. Fuckin crazy shit. We're awaiting more info but it appears he's fine. Uf he had stayed at work much longer he'd be in trouble.

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(CNN) -- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Tuesday near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey. Several witnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the Haitian capital.

There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect "serious loss of life," department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americ...iref=allsearch

LX 01-13-2010 06:23 AM

It sounds crazy, with 25+ aftershocks. And more expected. Good to hear your uncle's ok.

jeffb 01-13-2010 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by •LX• (Post 309070)
It sounds crazy, with 25+ aftershocks. And more expected. Good to hear your uncle's ok.

Thanks. I just talked to my aunt and she spoke to him and he said he's never been more scared in his life. I can't imagine going through something like that, most of his co workers are missing too. Plus he doesn't know yet if his house is still standing.

fancylad 01-13-2010 10:05 AM

Glad to hear he's fine Jeff.

Belsius 01-13-2010 10:06 AM

Good to hear he is fine JeffB. Why this things always strike in the poorest places. Just terrible.

jeffb 01-13-2010 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Belsius (Post 309159)
Good to hear he is fine JeffB. Why this things always strike in the poorest places. Just terrible.

Yeah i know, when those floods and mudslides happened there last year my uncle was back here on vacation and when he got back there he couldn't believe it. Disaster! Now this?? Pretty crazy.

It's times like this i feel extremely lucky to live in Canada.

Aar_Canada 01-13-2010 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Belsius (Post 309159)
Good to hear he is fine JeffB. Why this things always strike in the poorest places. Just terrible.

I think they're just deadlier in the poorest places due to the lack of proper building techniques, etc.

It's just awful. Port-au-Prince is devastated.

fancylad 01-13-2010 02:47 PM

the number they're using is 100,000 dead.

this picture breaks my heart.
http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/ph...cp-7936642.jpg

Aar_Canada 01-13-2010 02:50 PM

Awful, just awful.

Belsius 01-13-2010 03:11 PM

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I think they're just deadlier in the poorest places due to the lack of proper building techniques, etc.
True, but still, some places tend to get hit harder.

LX 01-13-2010 03:48 PM

I watched a Santos video last year that was set in Haiti, and filmed in the 60's. It was amazing what Port au Prince looked like back then. Not all that different from any average city. They've been hit by every kind of turmoil and disaster since then. Very sad.

lumi398 01-16-2010 05:45 AM

how about having Al Gore's mansion as the next spot? That would be fun, but too bad it ain't gonna happen :sigh:

XiaominWu 01-16-2010 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 309398)
the number they're using is 100,000 dead.

this picture breaks my heart.
http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/ph...cp-7936642.jpg

Definitely. And stories like this one from today's Star really hit hard too...

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A blanket on the other side of the tree has a boy who looks about 3, abandoned there by his parents. No one knows his age or name.

His head is bandaged. His left ear is leaking fluid. One eye is swollen and the other is rolled back into his head. A tiny plaid shirt wraps his chest but he is naked from the waist down. He does not move but chants nonsense constantly, apparently the victim of brain damage.

"We're taking care of him, even though we have our own problems," says a man standing over the blanket.


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