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01-12-2010, 07:14 PM
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OT - Haiti earthquake

What an awful scene in Haiti...we can't get through to anyone back home. I know there's a large haitian community in Montreal, god bless all your families in this trying time.

A tragedy like his is awful for any country, but its hard imagining a country less equipped than Haiti

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01-12-2010, 07:16 PM
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This is horrible. Always catching the short end of the stick, always in some deep, deep ****. My thoughts are with all Haitians.

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Awful news. Haiti is already the poorest country in the Americas. This is the last thing they need. Hope the loss of life is minimal.

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From what i've learned, some of them are able to call us, but we just can't have communication wit them if we call.

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I didn't even know Haiti was sitting on a fault line ...

Hope there is as little loss of life as possible. Unfortunately that won't change the fact that this type of disaster is exactly what Haiti did not need.

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Wow... it really doesn't look good. They said even the UN building was mostly destroyed and it's a building that is better built than the average house/building. Man, they really have no luck.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti tonight.

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From what i've learned, some of them are able to call us, but we just can't have communication wit them if we call.
I've read that the only communications people have had with people there was with Skype, the phone lines are basically all out.

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01-12-2010, 08:22 PM
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In mid-2008, a researcher in Havana published a prediction that an earthquake estimated at 7.2 on the Richter scale would soon strike Port-au-Prince and that they should prepare for this there.

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In mid-2008, a researcher in Havana published a prediction that an earthquake estimated at 7.2 on the Richter scale would soon strike Port-au-Prince and that they should prepare for this there.
Here is a link with an article about this

http://english.pravda.ru/world/ameri...-havanahaiti-0

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Poor Haiti, hurricanes earthquakes and what-not. Really shows how fortunate we are to live in Canada.

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Haiti was founded as the result of a slave revolt. As such, it was isolated for decades by the rest of the world. The price for ending the isolation was very, very high - the Haitian leaders agreed to pay steep reparations to France as its price to trade normally with the rest of the world.

Haiti was invaded in 1915 and occupied until 1934 and was the subject of American 'nation building' efforts through that time. The US Marines were eventually replaced with a Palace Guard made up of Haitians.

One unknown catastrophe in Haiti occured with the African Swine Fever outbreak in the Caribbean in the early 1980s. The American government convinced the Haitian government to destroy as many Creole pigs as possible - these being the store of most wealth of the Haitian peasantry. They never recovered from that and the pigs became an ideological football - the right in Haiti denounced them as communist pigs that should not be allowed to recover.

Most people in the capital use charcoal as fuel and this is why most of the forests are gone. The richer people live in the hill suburb of Petionville which is on the fault line - there are reports of large houses of the richer people crumbling and a hospital there also has reportedly collapsed. The poorest in the town live by the water.

There are reports that the National Palace and government buildings have collapsed.


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01-12-2010, 09:04 PM
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Thoughts and prayers to the families of Haiti.

I am friends with a haitian family who were all planning to go down there for a month in February.

Nobody deserves to suffer a disaster like this.

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My uncle is there, working on a humanitirian mission and we were finally able to talk to him tonight. He's alive and well but the city of Port-au-prince is a mess right now. Just terrible.

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My uncle is there, working on a humanitirian mission and we were finally able to talk to him tonight. He's alive and well but the city of Port-au-prince is a mess right now. Just terrible.
I am glad your uncle is ok.

Terrible news. I heard there are lot of casualties.

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All my thoughts to the people in Haiti and the Haitian community in Canada.

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01-12-2010, 09:59 PM
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My uncle is there, working on a humanitirian mission and we were finally able to talk to him tonight. He's alive and well but the city of Port-au-prince is a mess right now. Just terrible.
Great that he's ok. Were you able to call him by phone? Did he tell you if there was a lot of victims? I heard a lot about the city, but not a lot about the population

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Damn that is horrible...my thoughts are with the Haitians at this time.

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OK guys, time to show some solidarity. I'll send 100$ to the Red Cross. Say how much you're willing to send, and add it to the total. Maybe we can reach 5000$ here on this board? Even if you're a student, I'm sure you can find 10$ somewhere.

Starting amount : 100$

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If I'm not mistaken, the Haitian community is over 100,000 in Montreal ...

Imagine the stress that this community is faced with at this moment; trying to contact and locate family and friends.

I expect they are gathering and working at this very second trying to accumulate aid and other resources for the tragedy.

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OK guys, time to show some solidarity. I'll send 100$ to the Red Cross. Say how much you're willing to send, and add it to the total. Maybe we can reach 5000$ here on this board? Even if you're a student, I'm sure you can find 10$ somewhere.

Starting amount : 100$
I dont think stating how much you will send matters. Even a dollar would help...think if half the planet only sent a dollar.

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What an awful scene in Haiti...we can't get through to anyone back home. I know there's a large haitian community in Montreal, god bless all your families in this trying time.

A tragedy like his is awful for any country, but its hard imagining a country less equipped than Haiti
That sucks man, hope nothing happened to your friends and family. Keep us updated. Good luck in this, I'll definitely donate as much as I can.

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I dont think stating how much you will send matters. Even a dollar would help...think if half the planet only sent a dollar.
Yes I know, I was just trying to start some kind of movement, to motivate some people to be generous.

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Yes I know, I was just trying to start some kind of movement, to motivate some people to be generous.
I know, kind gesture by you...actually a really nice one. I wish I had the $100 to send myself. I will send something.

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