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This road in Iceland runs down the fault line where the Eurasian continental plate meet the North American continental plate. Photo: <a href="">Marius Watz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This road in Iceland runs down the fault line where the Eurasian continental plate meet the North American continental plate. Photo: Marius Watz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Continental Drift

The theory of continental drift--the idea that the continents are islands of rock adrift on the earth's molten core--first gained acceptance in the 1960s. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the consequences of their extreme slow motion collisions--earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  Go to full article
[It felt like a] subtle but disquieting trembling... standing water on the counter rippling, little things rattling.

North Country rattled (slightly) by DC-based earthquake

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Tuesday afternoon near Washington DC was felt across the North Country and as far away as Montreal and Toronto.  Go to full article
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Photo: Daniel Case (Wikipedia Commons)
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Photo: Daniel Case (Wikipedia Commons)

Cuomo: NY will review safety at nuclear plant

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's concerned over a report that one of the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant along the Hudson River is on an earthquake fault line, and is checking into the matter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Earthquake rattles North Country, Ontario and Quebec?damages Canadian roads and buildings

A deep earthquake shook buildings--and nerves--yesterday across the northeastern U.S. and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

The U.S. Geologic Survey says the magnitude 5.0 quake began at 1:41 p.m. and lasted at least 20 seconds. Rumbling began about 11 miles beneath the earth's surface, 40 to 50 miles north of Ottawa.

No injuries, but some buildings were reportedly damaged in Ottawa and provincial Quebec. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

NYS registry of people missing in Haiti, and a warning about scams

An online registry to gather names of New Yorkers missing on Haiti will go live today at noon. It's intended to help in what's expected to be the long and difficult process of finding people missing in the aftermath of the earthquake.

A website and toll free number will offer ways to register names of people who haven't been accounted for, and collect contact information. Gov. David Paterson says the information won't be used or shared for any reason but locating and identifying family and friends.
The hotline number is 1-888-769-7243. Find the link to the registry below.

The state Consumer Protection Board is warning people eager to help earthquake victims to beware of scams. The agency says scammers may try to gain access to credit card information and bank accounts to commit identity theft, and unscrupulous charities may seek donations but send little -- if any -- to earthquake victims. Information is available online. These links below, too.  Go to full article

North Country woman remembers better days of Haiti's past

There are still only estimates of the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. Authorities say it could reach 50,000 people. Meanwhile, survivors are coping with continuing aftershocks as they wait for help.

Emergency aid workers in Haiti say tempers are growing short and more security is needed. There are reports of looting in Haiti's capital. The U.N. World Food Program says it doesn't yet know how much is missing from its pre-earthquake stockpile of 15,000 tons of food.

Dylia Claydon is watching closely from her home in West Stockholm, near Potsdam. She grew up in Haiti, the daughter Christian Lanoue, who, she says, was prime minister in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Claydon is now 82. Her family fled the country in 1958, after Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier rose to power.
She told Jonathan Brown she has family on the island.  Go to full article
Paramedics Joe Connelly(L) & Phil Suarez in NorDijhia carrying sick baby (Source:  Phil Suarez)
Paramedics Joe Connelly(L) & Phil Suarez in NorDijhia carrying sick baby (Source: Phil Suarez)

North Country Paramedic in Pakistan's Quake Zone

Over the last year, North Country soldiers, National Guardsmen, and volunteers have been helping people around the world recover from natural disasters. Gulf Coast hurricanes and the tsunami in Southeast Asia have drawn much of the attention. But one of the most devastating natural disasters was a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on October 8. The quake flattened villages in a remote region of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Aid groups say as many as 3 million victims are still at risk from disease and exposure. Joe Connelly returned earlier this month from the mountain valleys of Pakistan. Connelly is a paramedic, who divides his time between North Creek and New York City. He spent two weeks volunteering, bringing medical treatment to people in some of the hardest-hit and most secluded villages. He spoke with Brian Mann.

Note: Portions of this interview include graphic descriptions of injury and death.  Go to full article

Local Relief Effort Gains Momentum

Over a week after an earthquake and tsunamis devastated areas of South Asia, India and Africa, the international relief effort is massive. Martha Foley talks with Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, about a local project that combines symbolism with small-scale practicality.  Go to full article

Churches, Agencies Mobilize for Tsunami Relief Effort

North Country churches and relief agencies are mobilizing their resources for both short- and long-term aid for the countries in South Asia and East Africa devastated by Sunday's tsunami and earthquake. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton asks FEMA to Account for Disaster Aid for New York

Senator Hillary Clinton is asking the federal government for a detailed account of money being promised to New York for disaster aid. In a recent letter to the head of FEMA, Clinton wrote that such as accounting is necessary to ensure money is going to areas that need it most. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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