Haiti earthquake

Haiti Earthquake Info
The 7.0 Haiti earthquake that rocked the impoverished island nation at 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010, was one of the worst natural disasters in modern history, killing over 230,000 people and plunging a people already devastated by decades of poverty, corruption, political unrest, and faltering infrastructure into incomprehensible tragedy. The capital city of Port-au-Prince, just 10 miles from the epicenter, was hit especially hard by the Haiti earthquake, with 70% of Port-au-Prince’s buildings collapsing in the initial moments after the quake.

Haiti Earthquake Rescue Efforts

According to news sources, approximately 135 people were rescued by international rescue teams from beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince in the days following the earthquake. Countless others were rescued by local Haitians working courageously, often without adequate tools, training, or equipment. I was one of those rescued by a search and rescue team from Fairfax, VA, from the Hotel Montana, which was pancaked in the first few seconds of the quake.