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Haiti 7.0 Earthquake Displaces 300,000


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#1 Nvyseal

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

In its first estimate, the United Nations reports about 10 percent of the housing in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince has been destroyed, leaving some 300,000 people homeless. The UN says a full assessment of the damages inflicted by the powerful earthquake will take several days to complete.

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Donations pouring in from corporations:

# Bank of America announced a $1 million commitment to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The commitment includes a $500,000 grant to the American Red Cross for the Haitian Relief and Development Fund.

# JPMorgan Chase also said it would commit $1 million.

# Citigroup has indicated that it will give $2 million, including $250,000 to the American Red Cross.

# Morgan Stanley has pledged $1 million.

# Goldman Sachs will pitch in $1 million, and Wells Fargo $100,000.
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# Walmart is donating 500,000 to the Red Cross, in addition to $100,000 worth of food.

# General Electric is contributing $2.5 million to relief efforts.

# Google is giving $1 million and has added a link on its homepage that explains ways people can support Haiti's disaster relief.

# Virgin Atlantic, according to the Financial Times, is "flying key medical workers and relief agency staff to Haiti in its flights to Miami, Orlando and Jamaica during the coming days, while British Airways said it was preparing a Boeing 747 with capacity for up to 50 tonnes of cargo to fly to Haiti on Saturday."

# McDonald's said it will donate at least $1 million to relief efforts.

# Web hosting company Go Daddy pledged $500,000 to Hope for Haiti.

# The UPS Foundation committed $1 million to various relief organizations.

# The General Motors Foundation made a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross.

# Sprint gave $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

# Visa committed $200,000 to the Red Cross.

# The PepsiCo Foundation donated $1 million and committed Quaker products, bottled water, and Gatorade for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

# Diageo Plc, the alcoholic drinks provider, committed to giving 45,000 pounds of food and emergency supplies to the earthquake victims.

# Yum! Brands Inc, a restaurant company, is contributing $500,000.

# Comcast is directing over $1 million to the relief efforts.

# Unilever donated $500,000 for earthquake victims in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme.

# Microsoft contributed $1.25 million.

# The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) committed emergency hurricane supplies from its hospitals in the southern United States to the relief effort.

# U.S. Bank pledged $100,000 and committed to match employee donations.

# The Walt Disney Company said it would give $100,000 to earthquake victims.

# General Mills donated $250,000, $150,000 of which will be used for long-term rebuilding.

# Apple has allowed its customers to donate through iTunes. Donations can me made for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. 100 percent of the money will go to the American Red Cross.

# Walgreens has donated $100,000 and is matching employee contributions of up to $50,000

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:48 PM

I wonder why things like that occur in a place where people already suffered so much in the last years... but that is not my business! As a geologist what I can say is that other similar events may (and probably will) occur again in the future. The earthquake was generated by movimentation on a fault parallel to the limits of the Caribean and North American plate. Considering that the event was not in the border of the plates we may say that it was just a colateral effect and we can also expect that there's much more energy still stored in the system. The movement of the 2 plates is subconvergent (they are colliding in a small angle) and in this condition the system may take very long time to acumulate enough energy to produce a big earthquake. It can explain why similar events didint occured in the known past. :(

I pray for those who died or are suffering there.

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~Update~

Top Model Gisele BŁndchen announced a $1,5 million commitment to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:00 PM

Vrosa, what is with all the Earthquakes all of a sudden. California has been shaking the past week and Eastern Venezuela today had a 5.6?

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 01:35 AM

The earthquake in Venezuela may have some correlation with the one in Haiti, 'cos the northern part of the country is almost on the limits of the Caribean plate and South American one, but in this case the moviment is more transcorrent than compressive. The event in Haiti may have unstabilized the transcorrent system, that's what the temporal proximity sugests. But these are just my thoughts.

The case of California almost certainly has no correlation with the other two events. Earthquakes there are very commom due to the instability of that trancorrent system, it's very active. Since last week more than one hundred earthquakes occured there, but most of than are unperceptible for those who live there.

In most cases earthquakes originated in deep portions of the crust aren't dangerous. The one in Haiti was arround just 10 km deep.



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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:58 AM

The awesome power of nature never ceases to amaze me.

My thoughts are with the victims families.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 07:10 PM

Saw this from a reddit link a couple days ago and thought folks here may like it as well. Echo Mr. Heavey, all hopes for the Haitian people.

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