YORK COUNTY—A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rumbled the Island nation of Haiti on Tuesday evening. The capitol of Port-Au-Prince was hit the hardest.
Communication into and out of the country is slow. Many people in Central Pennsylvania are wondering if their friends and family are safe.
Karyn Kasian of Loganville, York County, spent last week in Haiti, with a group of healthcare workers. She and others provided medical and dental attention to people in villages located about an hour outside of the capitol city. They were there just days before the quake rumbled through.
Kasian says, "at first it was very surreal to see the footage on TV and then to know it was so close to where we were and that I actually know people in that area, some of which we've heard from and others we haven't."
The death toll in the country is expected to reach one hundred thousand. That's a huge worry for Leona Stump of Dallastown, York County, her son Andy lives and works in Haiti as a missionary. A friend first told her about the quake, then the waiting began.
Stump says, "I waited and at 10*o'clock someone from the "Water For Life Mission" called and said Andy wanted me to call you and let you know he is fine."
She still wanted to hear her youngest son's voice, that phone call came Wednesday morning.
"This morning at 9:22 he called, so I felt relieved then to hear his voice and know everything is fine, she says."
Andy Stump writes books for children at a school about 80 miles from the capitol.
He told his mother he felt the trembles from the quake, but buildings there only received minor damage. He and his group also received tsunami warnings and have been moved to higher ground.
If you are trying to reach someone in Haiti, contact the U.S. State Department at 1-888-407-4747.