On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced the worst life changing natural disaster. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7 hit at the epicenter 15 miles southwest from Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. there were at least 50 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher.Haiti had not experienced a earthquake like this in 200 years.
The earthquake was caused from strike slip boundary between the Caribbean plate and the North America plate. .
Haiti is the most densely populated and least developed country. Meaning that they don't have buildings that are up to regulations and are not earthquake resistant.Many buildings such as schools, and hospitals collapsed.
MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE DIED AND MILLIONS WERE LEFT WITHOUT A HOME TO GO BACK TO. THIS EARTHQUAKE DESTROYED THE CAPITAL PORT-AU-PRINCE ALONG WITH OTHER CITIES.
Here is the Cathedral in Port-Au-Prince that was destroyed during the Earthquake
Here is the National Palace, a government building, that was destroyed during the earthquake
Millions of people were displaced and didn't have a home to go back to. Also many people didn't feel comfortable being in a house because of the after shocks. They created tent cities, where it was nothing but tents. They lived in the tents with others who survived the earthquake.