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California Task Force Rescues

By Larry CollinsWhen the earth buckled and the island nation of Haiti suffered an unprecedented catastrophe on January 12, 2010, locating survivors deeply entombed beneath the rubble of collapsed structures became a primary consideration. Nowhere was the need for USAR capabilities more urgent than in Haiti, where 150 deeply entombed survivors were eventually rescued by USAR teams from the United States and other nations.Experienced rescuers and disaster responders recognized telltale signs of a calamity. Within minutes, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a shallow, magnitude 7.0 earthquake within nine miles of Port-au-Prince. CNN was quickly airing video filmed from inside an airliner on...

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