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  •  This earthquake was predicted in 2008 (5+ / 0-)

    (CNN) -- Scientists have warned for years that the island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, was at risk for a major earthquake.

    Five scientists presented a paper during the 18th Caribbean Geological Conference in March 2008 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, stating that a fault zone on the south side of the island posed "a major seismic hazard."

    with good video for beginners:

    NOTE: Sigh. I wish our leaders would try better to prepare for such events so that locals can be educated, organized and relief supplies pre-positioned.

    My late mother was local head of Civil Defense just after WWII and I always thought that every block had a captain with a whistle and instructions, and conducted emergency drills.

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    by LNK on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 04:43:35 PM PST

    •  Sort of predicted. (2+ / 0-)
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      LNK, Eloise

      Predicted within a very broad window.

      look for my DK Greenroots diary series Wednesday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 05:00:40 PM PST

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    •  Haiti isn't a place that could retrofit (0+ / 0-)

      or enforce building codes even if they wanted to do something to prepare. Earthquake preparation is an affordable luxury for us, but difficult to implement in third world nations.

      In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

      by Lefty Mama on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 08:37:46 PM PST

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      •  The world's poor are unprotected again (0+ / 0-)

        from the ravages of Mother Nature. Perhaps God doesn't like poor countries. Or did they all make a deal with Satan?

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