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Haiti earthquake

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MileHigh, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Just got an alert there was a 7.0 centered 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, but it's been upgraded to a 7.3

  2. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    This sort of thing never ends well.

    There was a 6.5 off the Northern California coast over the weekend.
  3. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    7.3 near a country well-stocked with shanty towns. Won't even come close to ending well, deskslave.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    AP reports a hospital collapsed. Tsunami warning issued.

    5.9 and 5.5 aftershocks already.
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Kind of a surreal appeal from the Haitian ambassador to the U.S. on Wolf Blitzer's show: Help us because we helped you guys in the War of 1776. But it sounds pretty awful.
  6. mb

    mb Active Member

    I'm setting the over/under at 4 on freestanding structures remaining.
  7. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    And those get wiped out in the next hurricane.
  8. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Maybe someone with more long-term earthquake knowledge can answer this: Is it just me or has there been an unusual number of large earthquakes around the world in the last six months?

    And none of them have hit Southern California or the Bay Area.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    4.3 hit SoCal last night. There's no real rhyme or reason for how/when these things hit or the cluster of them. Not that we know of anyway.
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Haiti's national palace has reportedly been destroyed. This is going to be very bad.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Actually, the shantytowns will probably come out of this in the best shape, relatively speaking. They have nothing to begin with and can slap-dash their abodes back together in a few hours, although the disruption in water supply, food, etc. in the aftermath is another story.

    It's the people in the built-substandard hospitals, office buildings, etc. who will suffer the greatest loss of life from the jolt itself. That toll will be fearsome.
  12. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    And God help 'em if it starts raining. They have bad landslide problems even in the best of times.
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