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Haiti earthquake affects area residents

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

'Sarge' Eveland
Massive aid efforts have begun in Haiti as citizens of the country attempted to move forward following an earthquake, which rocked the nation Tuesday.

Clay County has ties to the country. Several missionaries from various local churches spend time there.

Marion "Sarge" Eveland, a member of Community Missionary Church, said one missionary is currently in Haiti.

Eveland told The Brazil Times Phyllis Newby, is one hour away from the epicenter of the earthquake, Port-au-Prince, the nation's capitol.

Eveland told The Times word was received from Newby's compound that they had neither injuries nor structure damage.

However, Eveland added all communication has stopped from the compound or surrounding compounds.

First Christian Church Office Manager Jeannie Price said her nephew, Kyle Jones, is also doing missionary work in the country.

Price said he is a professor at a Bible College in Port-au-Paix off the Atlantic coast. She said Sunlight Ministries supports the college.

Price added she found out her nephew and his family was OK off his own Facebook posting.

"They felt it," she said. "He said he never had his classes cleared out like that. They felt the quake and everybody ran out.

"They felt the aftershocks as well."

Port-au-Paix did not sustain any damage as a result of the earthquake.

Associated Press reports have stated that a relief effort is on the way. Several nations have pledged help for the country, including the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, China, Sweden, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Taiwan and Israel.

The quake measured a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale. It was estimated that 500,000 could be dead.

Red Cross pledges help

The American Red Cross pledged an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation.

The organization made available all of the relief supplies from its warehouses in Panama, which would provide for basic needs for approximately 5,000 families.

In addition, it is deploying a disaster management specialist to Haiti and has additional disaster specialists on standby.

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