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Case study: Haiti 2010 earthquake

Background

Haiti is a small LEDC island located in the Caribbean south east of the USA and of Cuba and
neighbouring the Atlantic Ocean. The capital is Port Au Prince; it is a densely populated area with 47
per cent living in urban areas.

The…

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homes had been destroyed leading to
poor sanitation and health



Why did so many people die?

The earthquake occurred at shallow depth ­ this meant that the seismic waves had to travel a
smaller distance through the earth to reach the surface so maintain more of their energy
The earthquake…

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The USA and Canada allowed the temporary relocation of Haitians to their respected
countries whilst relief efforts were underway.
Mass graves have been dug on the outskirts to bury high number of dead bodies
Immediate priority was to provide safe drinking water and shelter material for people who
had lost…

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