Tragedy in Haiti — 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Port-au-Prince
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On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale struck the heart of Haiti, an island nation located 800 miles south of Florida. The quake’s epicenter was just 22 miles from downtown Port-au-Prince, causing widespread devastation in Haiti’s capital (and largest) city. In all, 500,000 buildings collapsed, leaving 1.5 million people homeless. Between 200,000 and 316,000 people died and countless more were injured. Damage was estimated at $13 billion.