Worst Earthquake in 200 Years Strikes Haiti



The Haitian presidential palace stands in ruins in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

Haiti's president: "Parliament has collapsed. ... Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed."




Haiti is 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 sq mi) and is the most impoverished country in the western hemosphere.






The earthquake was "shallow" and its epicenter was within 15 kilometers of Port-au-Prince, causing almost total distruction of buildings, including the United Nations building in that country. More than 3 million people may be affected. More than 200,000 have died.

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