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Haiti Earthquake (January, 2010)

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During the rainy season, the river usually provides a place to bathe and swim, but now its banks are mountains of trash topped with crumbling shacks.
Similar scenes play out throughout Haiti, and given the totality of the damage, rebuilding seems like an unlikely prospect.

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I (Wyclef Jean) cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse.
The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”

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It was night in England on Jan. 12, just before his bedtime, when Jozy Altidore began to get the troubling news that an earthquake had struck Haiti, birthplace of his parents, home to more than two dozen relatives.
The earthquake crumbled much of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and killed more than 200,000 people, including 32 officials who died when Haiti’s soccer federation headquarters collapsed.

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and gutters running with blood: Rescuers face race against time to save Haiti earthquake victims
Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, presents unique logistical challenges for aid workers.

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The Haiti earthquake was caused by the release of seismic stresses that had built up around two tectonic plates.
The American Red Cross estimates that the Haiti earthquake may have affected about three million people in total.

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Geoscientists also look at an earthquake's intensity, which measures the strength of shaking produced by the earthquake at a certain location and is determined from the effects that shaking has on people, structures and the environment.
A potentially similar effect was seen when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's Sichuan province, taking tens of thousands of lives.

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Al Jazeera's meteorologist, Steff Gaulter, explains what made the Caribbean nation of Haiti so susceptible to such a devastating earthquake.
Around 200 people were missing after a hotel popular with tourists in the Haiti capital collapsed in the massive earthquake there, a French minister said on radio Europe I.

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The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.
An estimated three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian Government reported that an estimated 230,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless.

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Haitian relief worker found dead after abduction.
The driver for the Pan-American Development Foundation was kidnapped Monday along with a British contractor.

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Ten days after the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated his native Haiti, Jodel Charles was on a plane bound for home.
We founded Renewal 4 Haiti to support Leogane (the epicenter of the earthquake and Jodel Charles' hometown) and raise awareness about the city.