Most of the camps had no electricity, running water, or sewage disposal, and the tents were beginning to fall apart. Telling them to wash their hands when there's no water or soap is a slap in the face. Hundreds of thousands of survivors were displaced. Half the representation on the commission was given to foreigners who effectively bought their seats by pledging certain amounts of money. Despite the claims of the American Red Cross that 130,000 homes had been built, the investigation discovered that only six had been built. René Préval to defer legislative elections that had been scheduled for the end of February. [134] Members of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook spread messages and pleas to send help. [37][38], A 2007 earthquake hazard study by C. DeMets and M. Wiggins-Grandison noted that the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault zone could be at the end of its seismic cycle and concluded that a worst-case forecast would involve a 7.2 Mw earthquake, similar in size to the 1692 Jamaica earthquake. The magnitude 7.0 quake … 84.2 km from Jérémie (52.2 miles) Depth: 10 km. The unpublished report put the death toll between 46,000 and 85,000 and put the number of displaced persons at 895,000, of which only 375,000 remained in temporary shelters. [219] On 14 January, the US government announced it would give US$100 million to the aid effort and pledged that the people of Haiti "will not be forgotten". [197] Nearly 2,000 rescuers had arrived from 43 different groups, with 161 search dogs; the airport had handled 250 tons of relief supplies by the end of the weekend. [218] The United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander called the result of the earthquake an "almost unprecedented level of devastation", and committed the UK to £20 million in aid, while France promised €10 million. The 2010 Haiti earthquake (French: Séisme de 2010 à Haïti; Haitian Creole: Tranblemanntè 12 janvye 2010 nan peyi Ayiti) was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest) and approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. [clarification needed] While 20% lacked functioning toilets, this is higher than the population outside tent cities, where 50% lack toilets. Haiti Quake: Ruin And Recovery. More than 600,000 people left Port-au-Prince to stay with families outside the capital. [280] In a 2013 statement, the American Red Cross reported that almost all of the money collected for quake relief has been spent or is scheduled for making progress permanent by ensuring people can leave camps and return to stable communities, which includes building new homes, repairing homes, completing a new hospital and clinic, and signing an agreement for a second hospital. It worked with its partners within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, particularly the Haitian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "A lot of good work was done; the money clearly didn't all get squandered," but, "A lot just wasn't responding to needs on the ground. Easing refugee immigration into Canada was discussed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,[141] and in the US Haitians were granted Temporary protected status, a measure that permits about 100,000 illegal alien Haitians in the United States to stay legally for 18 months, and halts the deportations of 30,000 more, though it does not apply to Haitians outside the US. In an interview, Kenneth Merten, the United States Ambassador to Haiti, stated that the US justice system would not interfere and that "the Haitian justice system will do what it has to do. Keen, deputy commander of US Southern Command, however, announced that despite the stories of looting and violence, there was less violent crime in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake than before. [206] However, as late as 8 February 2010, survivors were still being discovered, as in the case of Evan Muncie, 28, found in the rubble of a grocery store. [26] Haiti is no stranger to natural disasters. According to RSF, some 20 of about 50 stations that were active in the capital region before the earthquake were back on air a week after the quake. Numerous other claims did not hold up under investigation. [126] A rescue team sent by the Israel Defense Forces' Home Front Command established a field hospital near the United Nations building in Port-au-Prince with specialised facilities to treat children, the elderly, and women in labor. A Magnitude 7 struck just 10 miles southwest of the capital of Port-Au-Prince. Engineers have stated that it is unlikely many buildings would have stood through any kind of disaster. [124] A 50-member Chinese team arrived early Thursday morning. The epidemic reached the tent cities of Port-au-Prince in November 2010, and by 2016 it had sickened some 770,000 people and proved fatal to more than 9,200. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated that as many as 3 million people had been affected by the quake. "[266], The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Let Haiti Live, and the Center for Constitutional Rights have recommended immediate changes to recovery efforts to ensure that critical human rights concerns are addressed. "[160], An MSF aircraft carrying a field hospital was repeatedly turned away[161][162] by US air traffic controllers, who had assumed control at Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport. There it caused flooding and 29 deaths according to local reporting. During Haiti's time as a French colony, earthquakes were recorded by French historian Moreau de Saint-Méry (1750–1819). [139] Some online poker sites hosted poker tournaments with tournament fees, prizes or both going to disaster relief charities. The Léogâne fault, which cannot be observed at the surface, descends northward at an oblique angle away from the EPG fault system, and many geologists contend that the earthquake resulted from the slippage of rock upward across its plane of fracture. [258][283] As of March 2017, around 7% of Haiti's population (around 800,665 people) have been affected with cholera, and 9,480 Haitians have died. According to The University of the West Indies , the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.1 and resulted in the death of 5,000 people in Cap-Haïtien, roughly half of the port city's population. (CNN) At least 10 people were killed after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near Haiti on Saturday night, according to Haiti's civil protection agency. It was reported that gang leaders and land owners were intimidating the displaced and that sexual, domestic, and gang violence in and around the camps was rising. Indeed, since the establishment of a modern global seismic network in 1964, the Port-au-Prince region of southern Haiti has experienced only one earthquake of magnitude greater than 4.0, with sev-eral additional events occurring 100 km to the west. 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