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Hartford Community Rallies Help For Haiti

HARTFORD — Hartford community civic leaders and others will gather today at 6 p.m. at Uptown Vibz night club to help with the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort.

The meeting will be held at Uptown Vibz banquet hall at 3115 Main St.

Under the leadership of Vibz owner Yvon Alexander, the community is gathering to discuss relief effort for the massive earthquake that took numerous lives in Haiti yesterday.

Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez in a press release today urged residents to give the gift of hope and opportunity and help support relief efforts in Haiti after a devastating earthquake.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.  There are strong ties between our families here and there.  I ask folks to support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross so that emergency assistance can reach more people and reach them faster,” Perez said.

A severe earthquake hitting near Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince has likely caused economic damages in the “hundreds of millions of dollars,” catastrophe-modelling firm EQECAT says in a press release.

Nevertheless, because of Haiti’s weak economic conditions, private insurers will likely only be exposed to insured damages in the “millions,” a representative of the Insurance Information Institute, Robert P. Hartwig, told the Wall Street Journal.

The earthquake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale. EQECAT estimates 2 million Haitians would have been affected by “very strong” or “severe” categories of ground shaking.

The magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday is the strongest earthquake to hit the region in more than two centuries, according to a National Geographic report report.

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