Haiti,Jan 12, 2010 By: Tamara West

A woman walking down a devastated street Port-au Prince, Haiti
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Haiti earthquake of 2010, large-scale earthquake that occurred January 12, 2010, on the West India Island of Hispaniola. Haiti was affected the most, occupying the third of the island. The official Haitian government count was more than 300,000. Hundreds of thousands of survivors were displace. The earthquake hit at 4:53 pm some 15 miles (25 km) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Haiti had not been hit by an earthquake of such enormity since the 18th century.

In the aftermath of the quake, efforts by citizens and international aid organizations to provide medical assistance, food, and water to survivors were hampered by the failure of the electric power system (which already was unreliable), loss of communication lines, and roads blocked with debris. A week after the event, little aid had reached beyond Port-au-Prince. After another week, supplies were being distributed only sporadically to other urban areas.Operations to rescue those trapped under the wreckage which had freed over 100 people had mostly ceased two weeks into the crisis, as hope that anyone could have survived for that length of time without food or water began to fade. However, there were still occasional recoveries of people who had managed to survive such confinement for weeks by rationing the supplies available to them.

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