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January 12, 2010 - January 12, 2018

Remembering A Tragedy That Affected Scores of People

January 12, 2018 marks the 8th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than one million others. On January 12, 2010 when the 7.3 magnitude devastating earthquake struck the capital Port-au-Prince and its surroundings at 4:53 pm, the world watched with disbelief one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded in the history of Haiti for more than 200 years.

 

The quake destroyed and damaged many commercial buildings, residential homes, notable landmark buildings including the Presidential Palace, the municipal building, the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, the legislative building, and other government offices.

The epicenter of the quake was located near the town of Leogane about 25 miles west from Port-au-Prince and was felt all way up to the city of Jacmel in the south east and other settlements in Haiti. The death toll and the high number of people injured drew a remarkable emergency response from the international community. Bodies were rescued beneath rubbles, while other survivors have to be amputated.

Eight years later, many efforts have been made to continue the difficult process of reconstructing Haiti, which slowly recovers in the midst of the reduction in international aid and political upheaval. Many families are still struggling to make ends meet while trying to cope with these painful memories that linger in their minds.

 

Last updated 01/12/18

 

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