Haiti, January 12, 2010 By: Mackenlie stowers

Haiti is south of the Turks and Caicos, between Cuba and Puerto Rico. It shares the Island of Hispanola with the Dominican Republic.
Port-Au-Prince before the earthquake.

The Haitian Earthquake of 2010 had a catastrophic magnitude of 7.0mw, with the epicenter near the town of Leogane. The quake hit at 4:53 pm and had two aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5.

Port-Au-Prince after the Earthquake

The capital of Haiti was destroyed. 300,000 people lost their lives and 2.3 million people were left without homes. Most of those people without food or clean water.

Due to poor living and health conditions, an outbreak of cholera occurred across settlement camps in Haiti.

Before the earthquake, Haiti's 10 million citizens ranked among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly one-half of the population is classified as undernourished and well over half of the population is below the poverty line. A lot of the death was attributed to Haiti's architectural practices. The buildings' support was inadequate, fell and crushed the people. It is estimated that rescue teams spent about a month pulling people from underneath buildings.

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