January 12, 2020, marks the 10th anniversary – a decade of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti. The 7.0 magnitude quake, which had its epicenter in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince claimed around 316,000 lives while more than 1.5 million people became homeless.
In fact, this infographic by the United States Geological Survey shows that the earthquake Haiti has had the most fatalities since the china catastrophe in 1920. According to reports, the earthquake led to deaths of around 273,400 people and is ranked as the second deadliest earthquake in the world’s history.
Other severe earthquakes that took place include the Tangshan jolts that killed around 242,800 people in 1976 and the magnitude 9.1 earthquake and Tsunami that jolted the island of Sumatra, Indonesia in 2004, taking 227,900 lives.
Unfortunately, Haiti has not yet recovered from the natural disaster. The country has always been in a state of crisis and is one of the poorest countries in the western world.
Infographic by: www.statista.com