Haiti after the earthquake

Austine Smith July 25, 2019

Reviewing Haiti earthquake effects

Haiti after the earthquake

On January 12, 2010, it took less than a minute for the fate of Haiti to change abruptly. On the afternoon, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the small country that had already suffered from economic, political, and social issues. At 4:53 pm the earthquake hit about 25 km (15 miles) southwest of Port-au-Prince – the Haitian capital. Though it impacted the countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Haiti earthquake effects were most severe. Here’s a brief overview of the impacts on Haiti after the earthquake.

The massive earthquake resulted in more than 220,000 fatalities and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Occurring at a depth of 13 km (8.1 miles), the earthquake was fairly shallow that increased the degree of shaking at the surface of the earth. The shocks were felt through the Dominican Republic and Haiti as well as in many parts of nearby Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Cuba.

Around 3 million people (almost one-third of the country’s total population) were affected by the Haiti earthquake damage. According to an estimate done by the Inter-American Development Bank after the Haiti earthquake, the temblor triggered between $7.8 billion and $8.5 billion in terms of damage. It paralyzed most of the ports, the main airport, and almost every paved road which made it more difficult for relief activities to reach the sufferers.

The severity of the impact on Haiti after the earthquake can be imagined from this – victims were forced to wait for days for treatment because many hospitals became unusable and corpses were piled up in the streets as morgues reached their capacity quickly.


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AMADEO, KIMBERLY. “Haiti Earthquake Facts, Its Damage, and Effects on the Economy.” the balance, Updated January 18, 2019. https://www.thebalance.com/haiti-earthquake-facts-damage-effects-on-economy-3305660

Pallardy, Richard. “2010 Haiti earthquake.” ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, Updated April 1, 2019. https://www.britannica.com/event/2010-Haiti-earthquake

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