Haiti Suffers Its Largest EarthquakeJanuary 13th, 2010 - 6:31 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri,
Jan 13, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Haiti, suffered a major earthquake on January 12, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. Said to be the biggest earthquake in the region, it has lead to many destructed buildings as well as deaths of many. The earthquake occurred at 21:53 GMT, after which some communication problems took place and the rescue efforts were hampered. People are still stuck under the rubble and rescue operators are working without a break. An employee of the United States embassy said that “a number of structures have collapsed”, “a number of people injured and killed” and that it is not possible to “put a magnitude at this point”.
The earthquake lasted for about a minute, after which three aftershocks measuring 5.9, 5.5, and 5.1 closely followed. The local media of Port-au-Prince reported that the quake had cased severe damages to the presidential palace, cathedral and a quite a few ministries. Even MINUSTAH, the UN’s headquarters was damaged. The impoverished region of Haiti is a sight of destruction and death- as the aftershocks continue to topple buildings.
Los Angeles County Fire Department has deployed rescue units to Haiti. The task force consists of 72 specialized officials and have already gathered at Pomona. The team consists of search dogs, communication specialists, rescuers and also paramedics. All these men have been specifically trained to find victims in the collapsed buildings and rubble. Twitter has once again played a major role in spreading awareness. The fact that Mexico needs help with the earthquake victims is being posted on the site along with the phone number of the Mexican Embassy. People interested in helping may call up the concerned authorities and volunteer.
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