Port-Au-Prince earthquake

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  • Port-au-Prince Earthquake
    • When, where, why?
      • 12th January 2010
      • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
      • Conservative boundary- North American plate moving east and Caribbean plate moving east past each other.
        • Stresses built up as the plates became jammed.
          • When stresses released, 7.0 earthquake.
            • Focus 13km beneath Earth's surface (shallow)
    • Impacts
      • Over 230,000 killed
        • 1,500 later died of cholera.
      • 1.5 million homeless
        • 54% of people live in abject poverty.
      • 50% buildings destroyed.
      • Government crippled
    • Responses
      • 16,000 UN troops reinstated law and order.
      • Haiti Relief Fund manages $11.5 billion reconstruction programme.
      • Homeless accommodated in 1100 camps.
      • Local people employed for reconstruction.
      • US troops reopened one of the ports.

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