HAITÍ , A POOR COUNTRY• Haití is a country of the Antilles, situated in the western part of the island La Española.• The total area of Haiti is 27.750 Km2.• Haití has got 10,033,000 habitants.• Its capital is Puerto Príncipe.• Haití is one of the poorest countries.
EARTHQUAKE IN 2010, THE WROST SINCE 1770• On 12th January, 2010, Haití suffered the wrost earthquake since 1770.• The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.2 degrees on the Richter scale.
AFTERSHOKS• During the nine hours after there were about 26 aftershocks greater than 4.2 degrees.• But the greatest aftershock occurred on 20th January with a magnitude of 6.1 degrees.
MANY PEOPLE DIED AND MANY PEOPLE INJURED• The Minister in Haití said that there were 140.000 victims.• People removed bodies from the rubble, but around 150 staff still missing.
DAMAGE• While many houses collapsed after the earthquake, other government buildings, including the National Palace collapsed too. A hospital in Petionville, in Puerto Príncipe, which treats diplomats and wealthy Haitians, collapsed too caused by the earthquake.
HELP FOR HAITÍ• After the earthquake that hit the country, humanitarian aid was immediate, as well as Republica Dominicana, Estados Unidos, Cruz Roja Internacional and Banco sent money, food, volunteers, firefighters, experts and even specialized search dogs to assist the country.