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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Earthquakes :Updates

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 US aid on the way (Source)

US President Barack Obama issued a statement saying the US "stood ready" to help the people of Haiti and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US will provide both military and civilian aid.

The quake was followed by at least two weaker aftershocks.

A major earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.

A tsunami warning was issued but was later cancelled, but a small tsunami was measured.

Haiti, and the entire Caribbean, is in an area that is particularly prone to earthquakes because two fault lines meet in that areas side-by-side - making it a strike-slip fault.

This means the earth either side of the fault slides horizontally during a tremor, rather than buckling vertically.

These earthquakes are characterised by shaking and do not tend to result in tsunamis.

Because these faults are located on land, they tend to take place close to population centres, making them particularly devastating.

Dip-slip faults, the other faults around which earthquakes take place, tend to be found off-shore under the ocean. Therefore population areas are located further from these earthquakes.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Help Haiti Now (Source)

A help group is here. Help Haiti Now is a non-profit 501c3 organization which provides food, water, medicine, and educational support to the poor in Haiti.

Haiti Earthquake: 7.0 Quake Prompts Tsunami Watch (source)

Many fears that a Tsunami may follow:

More news here

Skynews (Source)
  Tsunami Fears After Haiti Earthquake

A tsunami warning has been issued after an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck just off the island of Haiti. Sky's Anna Jones talks to Don Blakeman, earthquake analyst.

Yahoo (Source)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US government agency on Tuesday issued a tsunami warning for countries bordering the Caribbean sea, after a powerful 7.3 quake rocked Haiti.

"This message applies to countries within and bordering the Caribbean sea," the Pacific Tsunami Warning center said, "except for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands."



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