Date: 12th January 2010
Location: Haiti, Caribbean- L.E.D.C
Death Toll: 200,000 +
People Affected: 300,000 (dead or injured)
Economic Damage: $7.8 billion
Plate margin: Conservative
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere
- North American plate collided with Caribbean plate
- Fault line through Haiti
- Collapsed Government
- Port au Prince: approx 35miles from epicentre
- Climate: heat and humidty causing disease to spread quicker.
- Level of poverty
- Poor education and safety equipment
- Lack of services
- High population meaning more damage due to overcrowding- especially in Port au Prince
- Danger to the high population of children causing issues as they are used to work.
- Poorly structure infrastructure- buildings and roads.
- No Government
- Destroyed infrastructure. - 1/3 of buildings damaged or destroyed
- Prisoners escaped from collapsed prisons leading to looting and crime. There was lack of police to manage this.
- Loss of jobs - people trying to rebuild their businesses without any money.
- Social interferences due to loss of loved ones.
- Loss of skilled doctors and nurses for surgery. No medicine or knowledge to treat diseases.
- Spread of disease
- 300,000 dead or injured
Prediction and Prevention
- Poor Technology so poor communication.
- Delay of three days before medical care arrived
- Inabilty to predict earthquake
- No money to provide emergency aid kits
- Delayed response due to lack of government for organising and communicating.
- Delayed response of 5 days before relief.
- President Obama pleaded for help.
- Organised resue teams delivered relief and construction aid.
- Helicopters bought fresh supplies of water