Earthquakes Dominican Republic and Haiti

Roughly 6:10 pm in the city of Sosua, Dominican Republic we experienced as floating sensation, as if the top layer of the earth was sliding back and forth. Normally, the small quakes I experienced are more like rumbles; this was as if the ground beneath my feet was sliding.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 12, 2010
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

I ran out of my concrete room and looked back at the building, it was disconcerting, as if Freddy the owner and other people walking around did not notice.

People are sending question, and answers, it must have hit close to Port-au-Prince and somewhere between 7.0 and 7.3. As best I understand, after about 7.0, it can break the roads, or cracks can appear in the ground. Lower than this and weaker building can fall, but much worst when the ground cracks, as water lines, gas line and other infrastructure problems occur.

It is possible, that waves from a Tsunami were hitting the shore, and literally pushing the top layer of the mantle around. It has rained for two days, it is cold, wet, and not the time to go walking around exploring. If it was bad; it would also be horrible here, because everyone is hiding in building staying out of the rain.

As normal, the people outside the country know better than me inside.

Earthquakes Dominican Republic and Haiti


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saw it come up on the news and went online to see if you're still in the area and i find you've blogged about it.

i stayed at rocky's and really enjoyed it whilst in sosua, but had a feeling you would have found better value though..

Glad to hear your are OK...Now go buy a lottery ticket.

7.0-7.3 15kms(10miles) west off port au prince. Lots of buildings collapsed including presidential palace and a hospital. Airport is shut down. No communication to or from area. Tsunami warning has been lifted

USGS 7.0 - 7.3 magnitude 15 km (10 miles) from Port Au Prince, the capitol of Haiti. Many collapsed buildings with unknown large numbers of injuries and deaths. The streets are filled with screams and shouts and the sky is gray with concrete and plaster dust. The Presidential Palace and Parliment are damaged and because of their superior construction relative to other buildings in the capitol the Haitian President assumes the worst for the populous. Obama pledges support. Tsunami alert.

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Wish you best - suggest you consider going to higher ground or heading inland better
than 20 miles.

good luck,

- Chris Smith

Every time I hear about this kind of terrible disaster I always wonder if children in the region are being abused sexually. After reading the net it seems that this is the sad situation in Haiti. I believe that when sin and violence and cruelty hit children God won't allow it to continue. If adults want to act stupid that is one thing but when you take God's children and use them like rags, that's more of that!!!!

Thank God you're ok!

Mom On the CNN news in USA there is a telephone number posted for people to find out if their loved ones are OK. It is 1 888 407 4747. I do not know if this will help find out about the orphanage you stayed at or not but hope it helps some people. It just said the UN headquarters is destroyed and showed pictures of many places and people that are in horrible circumstances. Might be a good idea to go inland some more in case something else happens. Chris may have a really good idea. Your dad and I are praying for the people of Haiti and Thanking God you left in time to be safe.

i am going to help haiti because they need help of all of us

Hi! I'm from Portugal and I'm looking for site of volunteers to help in Hait Earthquake tragedy, if anyone know where I can register or contact to volunteer please give me some info....tanks

Medical team departing US to Haiti via Dominican Republic. Can someone recommend ground travel route and road conditions into Port au Prince. Is special car SUV needed?

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