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Haiti Earthquake 2010

On 12 January 2010 at 16:35 local time the Caribbean nation of Haiti was hit by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake. This was the fifth of a similar magnitude on record but it was by far the most destructive with its effects being felt more than 50 km from the epicenter in Leogane. The quake killed approximately 230.000 people and left around 1.5 million survivors displaced or homeless.

 

Already considered one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, several parts of Haiti now laid in ruins. During the immediate aftermath Haitians had to sleep in the streets and in makeshift homes like vehicles or shanty towns for fear of aftershocks. People had to fend for themselves against problems such as the unavailability of food and drinking water, a lack of medical supplies and facilities and widespread looting. Bodies littered the streets of the capital, Port-Au-Prince, and in most cases the death toll was so high that mass graves were the only option to avoid the spread of disease. It would take several days before the international community could muster enough aid to tackle the situation properly.

 

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