Haiti Earthquake: FACTS


Here are some general facts about last week's earthquake in Haiti and the aid that has been given by other countries around the world.

• USGS: USGS called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti

• The quake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

• The 7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants

• 3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake

• The major quake sent 33 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9

• The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Program is flying in two planes with emergency food aid.

• The Inter-American Development Bank said it was immediately approving a $200,000 grant for emergency aid.

• Some 9,000 peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004, including 1,266 Brazilians.

• Haiti has no real construction standards.

• November 2008: Following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60% of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

How the rest of the world responded to Haiti's needs:

• Venezuela: Said it would send a military plane with canned foods, medicine and drinking water and provide 50 rescue workers.

• Mexico: Suffered an earthquake in 1985 that killed some 10,000 people, planned to send doctors, search and rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.

• Italy: Sending a C-130 cargo plane with a field hospital and emergency medical personnel as well as a team to assess aid needs.

• France: Sending 65 clearing specialists, with six sniffer dogs, and two doctors and two nurses were leaving.

• Spain: Will provide $4.3 million in aid.

• The Netherlands: Has pledged $2.9 million in aid.

• Germany: Has pledged $1.45 million in aid.

• China: Has pledged $1 million.

• Ireland: Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it was donating $5 million to aid agencies working in Haiti. The company — a major cell-phone operator in the Caribbean — also was sending specialists there to help repair the damaged phone network.

(SOURCE: Fox News)

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