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HaitiEarthquake on 12th January 2010

Haitiis a section of one of the biggest islands in the Caribbean. Itborders The Dominican Republic to the east. A strong earthquake hitsouthern Haiti ON Tuesday, 12th January 2010.


Theimpact of the earthquake was devastating to the people of the entireisland. Major destruction of buildings and power lines wasexperienced(Donlon, 2012).The worst part was the number of people that lost their lives on atragic day .It was a nation in mourning. Many people who witnessedthe catastrophe said there were intense damages of the buildings andbodies of the dead were scattered on the streets, especially in thecapital city, Port-Au-Prince. Figures provided on dead were estimatedto have run into thousands. The effect of the earthquake continues tobe felt in the nation which is one of the poorest in the world. Itwas reported that more than 3 million people were affected, mainlyfrom the southern region of Haiti. That was a large proportion of thepopulation. The estimated number of the dead was put at over 215000,probably one of the highest figures recorded anywhere in the world.More than 300,000 people were also estimated to have been injuredduring the occurrence, whose effects were felt all over the world.Almost 1.5 Million people were rendered homes and several hospitalswere said to have collapsed. There were a humanitarian crisis andnations and other agencies around the world had to respond fast toalleviate the suffering of the people of the tiny nation(Donlon, 2012).Most of the commercial buildings were destroyed which led to the lossof jobs to most residents in the capital city. The main clothingfactory was destroyed too leading to more job losses. The airport andthe port were damaged too and little was rescued.

WhatDid I Learn? What Did This Mean to Me? Why Is It

Importantto Me?

Asa student of geology, I learnt a lot of lessons. One of the vitallessons from the catastrophe is the destructive effect of theearthquake. The earthquakes effect almost brought all the activitiesof the tiny nation to a standstill. The magnitude of the earthquakewas one of the highest recorded in the history of the world(Aronin, 2011).It WAS also an important lesson on how drastic plate tectonic is andhow effects of earthquake largely depend on their magnitude. Thisconclusion was reached after assessing the effects of manyearthquakes that have rocked several regions of the world in thepast, yet few have caused so much damage. The experience meant thatthere is a lesson that I could directly relate with, in the analysisof geological processes on the surface of the earth(Branley, &amp Lloyd, 2005).It was learned that earthquakes have the most destructive effects,among the three main processes of geology. The other processes areweathering and erosion. I also learned that so many people could berendered homeless or killed within a fraction of a minute as a resultof the destructive effects of an earthquake.

Howit affected my family and circle of friends

Thestory is relevant to my life in that I have participated donationactivities with the aim to alleviate the suffering of victims ofnational disasters. After the earthquake, nations and donor agencies,social groups and individuals around the world all responded to thehumanitarian crisis in Haiti. Though I was very young at the time, myfamily participates in the exercise which was highly publicized inthe media. The world was called upon to pool resources to ease thesuffering of the people of the country. The rebuilding of the countrycontinues up to the present time. Several of my friends and therehave on several occasions chipped in with donations of clothing`s andcash to assist the people of Haiti(Donlon,2012).This is one experience that has immensely impacted on my life as anindividual. This story connects with media due to the big role thatthe media plays in informing the public about different catastrophesaround the world. The media provides the necessary information sothat the people could alleviate the suffering of fellow human beings.This is exactly what happened from the Haiti occurrence. The mediarose to the challenge and gave detailed updates on events after theearthquake which enabled the people to institute response mechanisms.


TheHaiti earthquake captured the attention of the whole world. There wasa great loss of human life and damage to property. A lot of peoplewere displaced too and the entire world had to respond fast toalleviate the suffering through donations of medicine, food, clothesand other basic requirements. The geologists and geology studentsalso had a lot to learn from the theories captured in class. Theywere witnessing the effect of plate tectonics on the surface of theearth(Branley, &amp Lloyd, 2005).It was a relevant lesson to all.


Aronin,M. (2011). Earthquakein Haiti.New York, N.Y: Bearport Pub.

Branley,F. M., &amp Lloyd, M. (2005). Earthquakes.New York: HarperCollinsPublishers.

Donlon,R. A. (2012). Haiti:Earthquake and response.New York: Nova Science Publishers.