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Where were you on January 12, 2010 at 04:53:10 - Look at the pictures

Although it is not fun to watch, these pictures will remind you for a moment what the Haitians living in Port-au-prince had to go through on January 12, 2010 at 04:53:10. The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with the epicenter near the city of Leogane which is located approximately at 25 km west of Port-au-Prince.

Take a look at these pictures. Click on picture to see more photos:

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George Clooney organized Hope for Haiti Now Telethon

Considered to be the biggest event since Live Aids concert, George Clooney rallies most of the biggest names in the entertainment industry to produce Hope for Haiti Now Telethon. Specifically, hundred and forty of the biggest names in Music, movies, and politic joined host George Clooney for the Hope for Haiti Now Telethon.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by an earthquake magnitude 7.0. The epicentre was located in the city of Leogane, some 16 miles west of the Haiti capitgal Port-au-Prince. However, the earthquake caused damages in several Haitian cities, in particular, Port-au-Prince, and Leogane

The Hope for Haiti Now Telethon featured artists such as Madona, Rihana, String, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Coldplay and Sheryl. Also a list of celebrities such as former president Bill Clinton, Leonard DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Samiel L. Jackson participated in addressing the audience.

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Video report from Jacmel as hurricane Tomas approaching

A view from Jacmel of Hurricane Tomas

This is a video report from the city of Jacmel as Hurricane Tomas arriving at the coast. As you can see in this video report, the rain is getting heavy at time. Many areas in the city of Jacmel are not accessible at this time. The wind is picking up speed and the ocean very unstable.

Watch the Video report of Hurricane Tomas passing through the city of Jacmel:

Please excuse us as this video was reported in Spanish language. For many of you who know Jacmel, the main road specially the one by the sea is almost impossible to drive in. One thing that was noticeable is that you couldn't see anyone in the streets.

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A prayer for Haiti before Hurricane Tomas hits

This goes without saying that Hurricane Tomas concerns lots of people around the world for Haiti. These people, more than one million f them, are literally living out in the streets. The tents that they are currently living under are not even effective in keeping the sun out.

Hurricane Tomas is likely to bring rain which many experts predicted will exceed 20 or 30 inches. Major flood with mudslides is also likely following hurricane Tomas.

So imagine, winds of over 90 to 110 mph in tents while water rising with mud. By the way, there is an outbreak of cholera going on right now in Haiti and hurricane Tomas could create a more widespread outbreak.

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Potential Flood for Haiti with Storm Alix

A tropical storm is likely to be developed in the Caribbean with potential danger of Flooding in Haiti.

What would happen to the people currently living in the tent cities all around Port-au-Prince?

Forecast from the National Hurricane Center in Miami just announced that Haiti is likely to experience some flooding with the approaching tropical storm.

According to the Center, they continue to watch closely this tropical storm as it can be the first real challange in Haiti since the earthquake of January 12.

Can you imagine a hurricane hitting these people under the tent, with high winds, pooring rain and flood bringing down everything on its path? Everybody knows that we can't go through a hurricane or flood or heavy rain at this time

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How is the City of Leogane doing after Haiti Earthquake?

The town in Haiti that receives the most damages in the earthquake is not Port au Prince, but Leogane. The city of Leogane is situated about 20 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. The city was near the epicenter of Haiti's catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake.

Some 80 percent of Leogane was destroyed, but at the Lamb Center Ministries' Children Center Home, they're still singing about joy.

The people of Leogane has little hope that the Haitian Government along with the International community will help rebuilt their city.

The international community delivers USAID-donated cooking oil, flour, peas and bulgur to about 7,000 people a day. Over several days, they provide everyone in camps in Leogane with food rations that should last for a month.

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Jean Max Bellerive Government Finally has a Plan For Haiti

Jean Max Bellerive government has drafted a broad plan to remake Haiti after last month's devastating earthquake. The Plan aims at reducing the size of Port-au-Prince and boosting other Haitian Cities in moves that would reverse two centuries of Haiti history. According to Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive: The plan is aimed not only at repairing the earthquake damage, but also reinventing Haiti to try to cure some of the ills that have made it the western hemisphere's poorest nation. The Haiti Plan will have two goals: A Short-Term Goal and a Long-Term Goal. The plan will be presented to international donors at a conference in New York on March 31.

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Over 200, 000 lives could have been saved in Haiti

The magnitude-7 earthquake in Haiti did not kill, but our buildings did. A five-person U.S. team evaluating the magnitude-7 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 says much of the massive loss of life might have been prevented.

The team, led by University of Washington structural engineering Professor Marc Eberhard, said its main conclusion was that much of the loss of life could have been prevented by using earthquake-resistant designs and construction, as well as improved quality control in concrete and masonry work.

The researchers recommended simple and cost-effective earthquake engineering be emphasized in Haiti's rebuilding effort.

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