Rene Preval Haitian President
An enormous earthquake has hit Haiti today just outside of Port Au Prince! The magnitude is said to be 7.0. This happened in the southern part of Haiti. It has been reported that many buildings were struck down. It was some 10 miles to the southwest of the capital city Port Au Prince.
* There is an unconfirmed report that the National Palace has been damaged! Early reports are calling it a catastrophe. Haiti is considered to be an impoverished nation. The quake reportedly lasted only thirty-five seconds. The quake occurred only some six odd miles underground and there has already been an aftershock that registered a 5.9.
According to CNN: A tsunami watch for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and parts of Cuba following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti has been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The following was reported by MSNBC: A reporter for the Reuters news agency in Port-au-Prince, the capital, said he saw dozens of dead and injured people in the rubble, which blocked streets in the city. A local employee for the U.S. charity Food for the Poor said more houses were destroyed than were left standing along Delmas Road, a major thoroughfare in the city.
We ask for your prayers for this nation and the people and families. We pray for all of the islands under the Tsunami alert. We pray that there will be no more follow ups. Thank you for your prayers. May God touch your heart to become a part of the relief and rebuilding process however big or small. (MSNBC reports at least 3 aftershocks this far. )
More About Earthquakes
The surface of the earth is covered by many what are called minor plates; also seven major ones. They can move away from each other, towards each other or slide by each other. They are called Tectonic plates. The plate in that region is called the Caribbean Plate. There are three outside of California. They are: Pacific, Juan De Fuca and Cocos.
There are 2 Faults: The Oceanic Crust and The Continental Crust. Scientists expect an earthquake if these faults have moved in the last 10,000 years. The state of the Faults can be: active, reverse or normal. There are volcanos to consider as well as Plate Boundary zones.
This is reportedly the largest earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years.
Contact The American Red Cross here: – http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=F8HWA002&JServSessionIdr012=zm5vxylgg1.app194a