Virginia preps for Haitian relief efforts

By Deon Guillory bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia is one of many states sending help to Haiti after a massive earthquake struck.

The quake is the strongest to hit that country in almost 200 years. It hit just 10 miles southwest from the capitol, Port-au-Prince. It's the most powerful earthquake to hit Haiti.

Dozens of buildings are now just pieces of stone and brick. At least two Americans are believed to be trapped in the wreckage.

Late into the night, people were digging through the rubble for survivors. It's been a difficult task because aftershocks have been rattling the country.

Much of the city is destroyed. Tens of thousands are homeless. And many of them are just waiting for help in the street.

Dozens of firefighters in Fairfax are expected to be in Haiti later Wednesday to help in the search and rescue efforts. The group is familiar with the area because they were there last November to help out when a school collapsed.

The Red Cross says it would take between 24 and 48 hours before anyone has a clear picture of just how big the destruction is.

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