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Haiti LEDC earthquake 2010

Background

Caribbean country- island of Hispaniola
French colony until 1915 then occupied by the US until 1934. Run as dictatorship until
1986- first free elections took place. Since then political upheaval and instability with
revolts and coups
UN been ever present since 2004 to keep peace…

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Seismic energy waves pass through the crust causing it to vibrate violently, L&R
waves

Effects

Catastrophic
Shallow focus- seismic waves very powerful when they reached surface
Epicentre very close to largest area of population

Primary effects

230000-250000 lives lost, collapsing building
Port au prince- 2 million people, city flattened in…

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Mental health care- children

Issues

Accessing the remote areas is almost impossible as roads are closed

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