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Haiti Earthquake: Tsunami Warnings Issued for Jamaica, Cuba

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit the Caribbean island of Haiti about 5:00 pm; at this point, there is much confusion as people are trying to make contact with their friends and family.

One of the latest updates on the Haitian earthquake states that the capital city of Port au Prince has been “catastrophically” damaged.  The earthquake damaged many buildings including the presidential palace, CNN cited Haiti’s Ambassador to Washington DC as saying.

The Haiti earthquake reportedly killed many people.  Currently, power is out everywhere and people are in the dark waiting for help, the devastation is expected to be tremendous.

The US Agency for International Development has already been requested to help out the financially depleted region, which has never experienced an earthquake of this magnitude.  The Agency has search dogs, instruments and equipment that are able to detect structures on the verge of collapse as well as survivors amidst the rubble.

In response to the disaster, U.S. President Barack Obama was cited as saying his "thoughts and prayers" were with the Haitian people and pledged immediate aid.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would give both military and civilian assistance to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

The Haiti earthquake came with aftershocks, which could be followed by a tsunami.  Although tsunamis are more prevalent in the Pacific Ocean, tsunami warnings have been issued for Cuba and Jamaica.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which had an epicenter off of the west coast of Indonesia, produced a series of Tsunamis and earthquakes as far away as the state of Alaska.  The disaster occurred several hours after the earthquake; although this would seem to be an ample amount of time to issue warnings, there was no protocol for threat detection in the Indian Ocean.

By Rachel Stockton

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Reggae Strong on 01/13/2010 04:07:20
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Ohhh.... I heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all who have lost dem lives, dem families and loved ones. Stay Strong! Such a terrible tragedy... ohhh am full of sadness to read dis.
Love for all.
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Jamaican on 01/13/2010 04:35:45
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I am totally blown away...shocked. Very sad.

Peace!
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samtox on 01/13/2010 06:13:37
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samtox on 01/13/2010 06:14:06
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VM on 01/13/2010 11:27:02
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I am sadden to hear about the devistated earthquake in Haiti. May God have mercy on the survivors,and give them the health and strength to overcome.Please accept Jesus as your savior,because tomorrow is not promised to no one.If Haiti knew that the earthquake was coming they could have done something about it. Jesus is coming back as a thief in the night please get ready.
God bless
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steve on 01/14/2010 20:29:13
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My heart trembles to tink of all those people affected by this disaster. My fiancee and I alng with our families are leaving for Jamaica on sunday. We are to be married on thurs. I hope the tsunami warnings aren't too serious.
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Calexfo on 01/15/2010 03:01:37
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It is my prayer that the global community will reach out and assist the Haitian in wake of the earthquake that devastated the country.

May God bless these people.
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yvette sladek on 01/16/2010 17:25:16
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My heart and prayers go out to all of Haiti.. What a shock.. it only shows us how important life is in The Present!! Love your life, family and friends today ... material things dont bring happiness..

God Bless you all and help in what capacity you can people of Haiti..
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marco on 01/17/2010 03:46:29
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all i can say is. the tsunami nuh fi lick dung deh hard
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desmond on 01/18/2010 13:12:00
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i think that our god is comming for his world.And so we all must be prepared to meet him.And may god bless this world.
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Tayib on 03/02/2010 20:41:51
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so crazy whats going on all over ending parts of the world bit by bit......... these are signs
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