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7.0 Earthquake In Haiti: Tsunami Warning, Hospital Collapses
Update: 9:02pm PST
Information is still hard to get coming out of Haiti about the earthquake, but the American Red Cross have begun their relief efforts in the country.
There is still no definite report of injuries or deaths.
According to the USGS, the U.S. Coast Guard positions cutters and aircraft near Haiti to aid humanitarian efforts after the earthquake.
If you wish to donate you can text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.
Update: 6:29pm PST
The United States State Dept has set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.
Communitcation to the island of Haiti appears to be almost impossible at this time, with phone lines down and no communication can be made with the airport either.
The United Nations building in Haiti has sustained serious damage and a large number of UN personnel are unaccounted for.
Injuries and deaths are being reported to be in the thousands at this time, but due to the large number of people still listed as missing, a definite number cannot be made at this time.
Aid agencies are on their way to the country now.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck Haiti at 4:53 PM local time, according to U.S. Geological Survey website. The epicenter is reported to be 15 kilometres (10 miles) south west of the capital of Port-au-Prince. It is being reported that a hospital has collapsed in Petionville. CNN is reporting screams for help were heard. The earthquake has also prompted a tsunami warning, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. A local tsunami warning is in effect for Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. There are now reports of two aftershocks: 5.9 and 5.0 in magnitude that followed at 5:00 and 5:12 PM.
A major earthquake, of magnitude 7 or higher, is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage. There was no immediate report of casualties.
The quake was originally reported at a 7.3 by the USGS, but was later downgraded to a 7.0.
In the latest update, the tsunami warning has been lifted.
A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.
Cell phone and landline communications are down in Haiti's capital right now.
The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. The association says it is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation.
Don't forget to check NowPublic's scan to see what is being talked about online in relation to the earthquake.
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