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Locals Try Contacting Friends, Family in Haiti

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People gather in the street after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jorge Cruz)

Some Chicago-area residents are trying to contact friends and family in Haiti. That’s after the island nation was hit by a powerful 7.0 earthquake yesterday. Maurice Bonhomme is a security guard at north suburban New Trier High School. He says he hasn’t been able to contact his brother and sister who live in areas where the earthquake hit.

BONHOMME: I hope the best for the country. I hope my family is good and most of the people of Haiti, who I love very much.

Bonhomme says he helped start a program at New Trier that provides money and teaching resources to a school near Port-au-Prince. He says he’s not sure how much damage the school took during the disaster. The Red Cross estimates three million people have been affected by the powerful earthquake.

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