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Haiti 2010 Earthqake

Today In History : January 12, 2022

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake. Support from around the globe poured in but Haiti has not fully recovered yet. Of course, sustaining damage from recent hurricanes, and enduring violent political upheaval has not helped Haiti to recover.

The 2010 earthquake struck in the late afternoon. It was felt as far away as Cuba and Venezuela. The epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude quake was just 16 miles away from the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Eight aftershocks followed the same day, and at least 52 were recorded over the next two weeks. All of the hospitals in Port-au-Prince, as well as three facilities run by Doctors Without Borders, sustained serious damage. Port-au-Prince’s airport and seaport were so heavily damaged they were declared inoperable.

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