NATURAL DISASTER STRIKES!

By: Adna Hagi

Haiti's Tenth Earthquake

On Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 4:53pm, Haiti was struck with an earthquake. This disaster hit southwest of Haiti's capital; Port-Au-Prince, where more than 316,000 people were killed, 300,000 were injured, and at least 1.5 million were left homeless. More than thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals were destroyed. This earthquake was the hardest hit Haiti has ever gotten in the past 200 years.




This earthquake occurred when the tectonic plates under Haiti slipped past each other. The earthquake started below the earth's surface; which is called the hypocenter, and the location right above it on the earth's surface is called the epicenter. The epicenter is where the earthquake hits, Haiti's epicenter was Port-Au-Prince. The disaster that hit Haiti was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which is considered a highly destructive earthquake.



If a similar disaster were to happen in Canada , it would be just as devastating as the one that happened in Haiti. If an earthquake of that caliber ever hit Canada, there would be similar destruction but not the same relief. Obviously lives would be lost, homes would be destroyed, people would be suffering from injuries and homelessness and losing loved ones.An earthquake is still an earthquake and depending on it's magnitude it can cause severe damage.The relief effort would be different due to the fact that Canada is a very developed country and would have the ability to bounce back more than Haiti, because Canada has a stable government and economy. It would be extremely difficult to deal with but not as difficult as the situation in Haiti, since Haiti was already an underdeveloped country dealing with issues such as poverty. What has happened in Haiti is a horrific tragedy and would be so had it occurred anywhere else, but through worldwide support and initiative the people of Haiti will be able to rebuild and move past this natural disaster and focus on stabilizing their home.