Written by Reuters
13 Jan, 2019 | 1:43 pm
Reuters -Haitian President Jovenel Moise led tributes on Saturday (January 12) to the victims of the country’s deadly quake on the ninth anniversary of the tragedy.
Moise called on the nation to remember the more than 200,000 people who were killed by the quake. With the Caribbean nation still grappling with crippling poverty rates and sharp social and political divisions nearly ten years on, Moise called on the country to come together.”
According to some estimates, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which struck on January 12, 2010, with an epicenter 25 kilometers (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, was the fifth most serious in history.
Although the epicenter was in Leogane, some 25 km (16 miles) from Port-au-Prince, it ravaged much of the capital, including landmarks such as the presidential palace, the National Cathedral, the UN mission’s headquarters, and the main hotel.
The natural disaster also sparked a massive displacement crisis, leaving almost 1.5 million people homeless in what was already the poorest country in the Americas.
Buildings throughout Port-au-Prince crumbled and collapsed as the quake struck on a Tuesday evening, burying thousands of residents.
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