January 12 - Haiti earthquake

On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST0000230" title="Haiti Earthquake (2010)" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/earthquakes/haiti-earthquake-%282010%29-EVHST0000230.topic">earthquake</a> shook <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000001951608" title="Port-au-Prince (Haiti)" href="/topic/international/haiti/port-au-prince-%28haiti%29-PLGEO000001951608.topic">Port-au-Prince</a>, Haiti, toppling buildings and destroying most of the country's infrastructure.  The Haitian government estimated 230,000 people were killed, more than 300,000 injured, and more than one million people left homeless.  Humanitarian aid began flowing into the country within hours of the quake, however it was not enough to prevent rioting in the economically ravaged nation.
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On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, toppling buildings and destroying most of the country's infrastructure. The Haitian government estimated 230,000 people were killed, more than 300,000 injured, and more than one million people left homeless. Humanitarian aid began flowing into the country within hours of the quake, however it was not enough to prevent rioting in the economically ravaged nation.

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