2010 Haiti earthquake

Haiti, Leogane, Darbonne. 11 May 2010

A high magnitude earthquake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale and 10 km depth struck Haiti on 12 January at 16:53 hours. The epicentre was located 9 km (6 miles) south-southwest of Carrefour Ouest, about 16km (10 miles) south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince and 18 km from Petionville. The initial earthquake was followed by several aftershocks ranging from 5.9 to 4.2 Richter. The International Federation of the Red Cross estimates that the earthquake has affected over three million people and widespread damage to the infrastructure has been reported by media. WFP’s provisional estimate is that 2 million people require food assistance.

Just months after the earthquake, WFP’s School Meals programme in Haiti resumed in some of the hardest hit areas such as Leogane, Darbonne („Ecole Saint Terese de Darbonne“).

Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

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