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Over the half-term Shiv and I made a powerpoint presentation on the Haiti Earthquake which occurred in 2010. Here it is.
Haiti is an LEDC, which stands for Less Economically Developed Country. It is part of the island of Hispaniola which is in the Caribbean with its neighboring country being the Dominican Republic. The earthquake occurred on the 12th January 2010 at 4:53pm local time, the epicenter being 25km away from Port Au Prince, the capital.
Due to the earthquake 316,000 people were killed due to a shortage of doctors and 300,000 people were injured. Over 1,500,000 people were left without homes and had to evacuated. Since Haiti is a LEDC its buildings were poorly built so they weren’t very resistant. Many hospitals and schools were destroyed so the children couldn’t be educated. There was a large amount of bodies which meant that diseases, especially cholera became a serious problem. The main prison in Haiti was destroyed so 400 inmates were able to escape. Looting became a major problem due to the slow distribution of resources which led to sporadic violence.
There was 19 cubic meters of rubble and debris in Port-Au-Prince since Haiti had no real construction standards and there were only a few earthquake resistant buildings. The water was contaminated because of all the dead which caused more cholera and poisons. Haiti’s small agricultural industry was effected due to the displacement of topsoil, which destroyed the population’s access to health grown produce. Haiti ended up losing 98% of its forest covers which means that there isn’t much oxygen travelling around.
It cost 2.3 billion dollars to rebuild all the damage caused by the earthquake. The transport and communication links were badly damaged because roads were blocked with debris and road surfaces were broken. The main clothing industry was badly damaged and around 1 in 5 people lost their jobs because so many buildings were destroyed.
However because the airport was damaged it took up to 48 hours for help to arrive.
Haiti earthquake 2010
Haiti Earthquake 2010
BY SHIV MIRPURI + WILL MATTHEWS
• Island nation in the Caribbean discovered by Christopher
Columbus in 1492.
• Haiti won its independence from France on Jan. 1st , 1804
• Haiti makes up one third of the island of Hispaniola. The
eastern two thirds of the island is the Dominican
• Population of nearly 10 million.
• It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
• Diseases such as AIDS, typhoid, malaria and hepatitis are
• 80% of the population is living under the poverty line.
• Most Haitians live on less than $2 a day.
• The Haiti telecommunications infrastructure is among the least
developed In Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Haiti’s capital is Port-au-Prince, a coastal city with about 2
million habitants living in slum conditions - mostly tightly-
packed, poorly built, concrete buildings.
• Approximately half of Haiti’s population cannot read or write.
Haiti is situated to the north of the Caribbean Plate, on a
transform plate boundary with the North American Plate.
The North American Plate is moving west. This movement is
not smooth and there is friction between the North
American Plate and the Caribbean Plate. Pressure builds
between the two plates until it is released as an
On 12th Jun. 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Haiti at
16:53, local time. The earthquake’s epicenter was 16km
south-west of Port-au-Prince, the capital. There had been
no major earthquakes in Haiti for 200 years.
• 316,000 people died and around 300,000 people were
• 1.5 million people were left homeless .
• 250,000 homes and 30,000 other buildings, including the
President’s Palace were destroyed or badly damaged.
• Hospitals and schools as well as the airport tower were
• Large number of bodies meant that diseases became a
• The main prison was destroyed and 4000 inmates escaped.
• Looting became a major problem.
• There were 19 millions cubic meters of rubble and debris in
• Contamination of natural water sources caused life
threatening poisons and cholera.
• Haiti’s small agricultural industry was affected due to the
displacement of topsoil, which destroyed the population’s
access to healthy produce.
• Haiti lost 98% of its forest covers.
• Sea levels in local areas changed,
with some parts of the land sinking
below the sea.
• The earthquake resulted in buildings being destroyed,
causing $2.3 billion in damages.
• Transport and communication links were badly damaged.
• The clothing industry, which accounts for two-thirds of
Haiti’s export, was damaged.
• Around 1 in 5 people ended up losing their jobs.
• Hospitals and schools as well as the airport tower were
• Farms were destroyed so there was a
national food shortage.
• 600,000 people fled to the countryside
putting strain on rural areas.
• Neighboring Dominican Republic was the first country to
provide emergency water, medical supplies and heavy
• The major quake sent 33 after shocks ranging in multitude from
4.2 to 5.9 on the Richter Scale.
• The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the
UN’s World Food Program flew in with emergency food aid.
• Temporary field hospitals were set up.
• $100 million in aid given by USA and $330 million by EU.
• People around the world pledged money over their mobile
• UN troops and police were sent to help distribute and keep
• Rescue teams arrived from many countries e.g. Iceland.
• In Nov. 2010, Hurricane Tomas caused the refugee camps to
flood, hampering the recovery efforts.
• $382 million were received in pledges to the International Haiti
Reconstruction Fund but recovery progress was slow.
• Aid response challenges to the outbreak of cholera in Oct. 2010.
By July 2011, 5,899 people had died and 216,000 infected.
• Drugs were supplied to cholera treatment facilities.
• Tools and seeds were given to farming households.
• Free medical care provided and information given about
preparing for future disasters.
• Construction of affordable housing.
• ‘Cash for Work’ programs to clear rubble.
In conclusion, Haiti’s people and economy were devastated by
this earthquake. It put an already struggling economy into an
even worse situation. Most people were left homeless and
unemployed and cholera ended up being the biggest issue to
tackle, together with the reconstruction process. At this point,
Haiti’s economy still lies in the hands of foreign nations giving
aid, for Haiti is in no position to start generating revenue of its
1. Where is Haiti?
On the boundary of the Caribbean and North American
2. What caused the earthquake?
The rubbing of the two plates.
3. What is the name of the island it is on?
4. What was it on the Richter Scale?
It was 7.0 on the Richter Scale.
5. How many people died?
6. What percent of the forest was lost?
7. How much did it cost to rebuild all the damage?
It cost $2.3 billion
8. Which country helped first?
The Dominican Republic.
9. After one year how many camps were there?
There was 1,300 camps.
10. Why was it so devastating?
Since it was a LEDC.