Hundreds feared dead in Haiti earthquake
70 thousands of people are thought to have died in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti at Tuesday, destroying much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The disaster raises a number of questions.
Are Haitian buildings designed to resist earthquakes?
No, for the most part. Haiti has no national building codes. Some construction companies (especially those working with relatively generous budgets) do voluntarily follow codes like the French or Canadian standards or the International Building Code.
• This is terribly serious. The people have nothing at all. Just a fragile network of care giving organizations, totally underfunded. Their houses, if you can call them that, are perched on precipitous hillsides, and the city of Port Au Prince contains 2 plus million people in tiers of block buildings–this, a city that was built for 50,000. The cinder block walls of most all buildings are not reinforced as elsewhere, so might as well be bricks…
• This crisis is horrible.
• I am very sad … by this disaster … I have Haitians friends … I feel his pain … I hope not delay the aid and more lives are not lost … I send blessings from Indonesia