Earthquake

38 people are confirmed dead and the search is on for at least 150 more following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy early this morning near Amatrice.  A small town with a population of a few thousand, Mayor Sergio Perozzi says his town “is no more.” The quake hit at 3:36 a.m. local time.  

A second powerful earthquake has stricken Nepal this morning, registering 7.4 on the Richter Scale.  Just weeks ago a first quake ravaged the nation and left more than 8,000 people dead. At this time casualties reported are 42 deaths but thousands are reported injured.  You can donate and find other ways to assist at redcross.org

People who made donations to Haiti may be able to get immediate tax relief. Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 return qualify for this special tax relief provision. Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible. This includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card.

Haitian couple's efforts to reunite with their injured daughter in the U.S. wasn't a typical reunion. It has been an ordeal that involved DNA testing and stress, but it was well worth the fight.

An 8.8 earthquake, 100 times more powerful than the one that devastated Haiti, struck Chile early Saturday morning, leveling buildings and bridges and killing at least 708 people. Along with trying to rescue survivors, Chilean officials sent in more than 10,000 troops to control looting. A curfew is also in place. Eye Witness Video Account […]

Saturday’s quake was 700 to 800 times stronger, but at a greater depth — 21.7 miles — compared to the shallow 8.1-mile depth of the Haiti quake, which contributed to much of the damage there. Coastal Chile has a history of deadly earthquakes, with 13 quakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher since 1973, the U.S. […]

Via: CharlotteObserver.com On the ninth day, deeply needed aid streamed into Haiti’s ravaged capital in quantities that relief agencies said is a clear sign of progress. With more ways to get aid into the country, including the opening of the city’s seaport Thursday and a more efficient system of food and water distribution, a path […]

Photo Via: Fox News The strongest earthquake that Haiti has seen since the 1700’s has rocked the island and may have affected up to 3 million people.  The 7.0 magnitude quake destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince, leveling most of its buildings leaving turmoil as the sun went down Tuesday. At least 27 aftershocks shook […]

Via: CharlotteObserver.com Haiti’s devastating earthquake has left an estimated 3 million people in need of emergency aid, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, as aid groups and governments scrambled to send tons of disaster relief to the impoverished Caribbean nation. Humanitarian officials said the proximity of the quake’s epicenter, only 10 miles (15 kilometers) from […]