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Haiti Emergency Facts
Fast Facts - Haiti Earthquake

USGS: USGS called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti
The quake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.
The 7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants
3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake
The major quake sent 33 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9
The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Program is flying in two planes with emergency food aid.
The Inter-American Development Bank said it was immediately approving a $200,000 grant for emergency aid.
Some 9,000 peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004, including 1,266 Brazilians.
Haiti has no real construction standards.
November 2008: Following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60% of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

Fast facts - Haiti

Discovered by Columbus in 1492.
Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804.
Population of nearly 10 million people.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
80% of the population in Haiti is living under the poverty line.
Most Haitians live on less than $2 a day.
More than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
Haiti is slightly smaller than Maryland.
The Haiti telecommunications infrastructure is among the least developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Haiti's capital is Porte-au-Prince, a coastal city with about 2 million inhabitants.

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