Earthquake in Haiti
By Thomas Black
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the capital city of Haiti, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, causing damage to buildings including a hospital.
The earthquake hit 10 miles (about 15 kilometers) southwest of Port-Au-Prince, a city of about 2 million inhabitants, at 4:53 p.m. New York time, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Two aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 struck within the next 20 minutes, according to USGS.
A hospital collapsed in Petionville, near the capital city, and people were screaming for help, the Associated Press reported. Raymond Joseph, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. told CNN that the quake had caused a catastrophe of major proportions.
An employee of the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said workers were trying to access the damaged areas. CNN, citing Haiti’s first lady, reported that the presidential palace had partially collapsed, though President Rene Preval is safe.
U.S. President Barack Obama asked his staff to make sure embassy personnel are safe and to begin preparations in case humanitarian assistance is needed, according to a White House statement.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake,” Obama said in the statement. “We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti.”
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Bloomberg - Блумберг, информационное агентство
magnitude - магнитуда (землетрясения)
earthquake ['WTkweik] - землетрясение
strike (struck) - ударять(ся), наносить удар
Port-Au-Prince ["pLtqV'prins] - г. Порто-Пренс
Haiti ['heiti] - Гаити
cause damage - причинять ущерб
inhabitant - житель
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Геологическая служба США
aftershock - толчок после основного землетрясения
scream for help - крик о помощи
ambassador - посол
embassy - посольство
employee ["emploi'J] - служащий, сотрудник, работающий по найму
spoke on the condition of anonymity - сообщил на условиях анонимности (сообщил анонимный источник)
catastrophe of major proportions [kq'txstrqfi] - крупная катастрофа
personnel ["pqsq'nel] - персонал, личный состав
humanitarian assistance - гуманитарная помощь
assist - помогать
prayer - молитва; мольба, просьба
who have been affected by this earthquake - кто пострадал от этого землетрясения