About two years ago, a huge earthquake hit Haiti, a small undeveloped island in the Caribbean. This earthquake, registering a 7.3 on the Richter scale (par. 1), devastated millions of people. We’ve all heard this story on the news, or seen it on the internet. But how much do you really know about this catastrophe or Haiti in general?
This giant Earthquake ruined many important government buildings in the capital city, demolished thousands of homes around the country, and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Even the Presidential Palace and the Finance ministry were destroyed by this disaster. (par. 9) President Obama and the leaders of France both immediately said they would soon send aid and supplies to the devastated country. (par. 15-18) The tiny island country was so poor, that in 2008 it was estimated that over sixty percent of buildings in the country were unsafe in even normal conditions, much less in a huge earthquake. (par. 21-22)