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A couple walks hand in hand through a devastated area in downtown Port-au-Prince, one of the hardest hit areas by the January 12th earthquake. Port-au-Prince. Haiti. 2010. © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

A couple walks hand in hand through a devastated area in downtown Port-au-Prince, one of the hardest hit areas by the January 12th earthquake. Port-au-Prince. Haiti. 2010. © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos



Map of Haiti

Map of Haiti. [+] Click image to enlarge.


Map of Haiti with magnitude range of earthquake.

Haiti Earthquake, 7.0 magnitude, January 2010. Modified from photo courtesy of NASA/JPL/NGA
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222,600 estimated fatalities
300,000 people injured
1.5 million people displaced into tent cities

More than a century of economic marginalization and political corruption has resulted in extreme poverty and severe ecological pressures in the Republic of Haiti. Half of the country's 10 million people lived in densely packed housing with varying levels of access to electricity, water, and sanitation in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The January 12, 2010, earthquake and its 42 aftershocks leveled much of the city. In the wake of the earthquake Port-au-Prince is being rebuilt—but multiple cholera epidemics from contaminated drinking water have plagued the displaced population. Questions persist about relocating the capital and shifting the population out of the region.

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