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Earthquake in Chile - February 2010

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in the last 50 years, struck Chile on 27 February 2010. The death toll was 723. In the health sector, eight hospitals were left out of service and 10 suffered major damage. However, to put these numbers into perspective, the overwhelming majority of hospitals in the affected area--76 hospitals--continued operating without major difficulties. Although aftershocks continued for several weeks after the earthquake, no further damage was reported.

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Earthquake in Haiti - January 2010

On 12 January 2010, a powerful 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti—causing massive loss of life, catastrophic building damage, and unimaginable human suffering. The Government of Haiti estimates 220,000 people lost their lives and over 300,000 people were injured. The earthquake crippled Haiti’s infrastructure, as key buildings, such as the Presidential Palace, the Parliament, the Ministry of Health (MSPP), and other government ministries collapsed. Eight hospitals were totally destroyed and 22 seriously damaged in the three regions most affected by the Earthquake (Ouest, Nippes, Sud-Est).

Haiti: One Year After the Earthquake - January 2011

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Earthquake in Peru - August 2007

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 struck the coast of Peru on August 15, 2007. The epicenter was located approximately 60km south of the city of Pisco in the department of Ica. The quake caused the interruption of both power and telephone services in several cities, including the capital city of Lima. Buildings collapsed in the cities of Pisco and Cañete. More than 500 people died, thousands were left injured and tens of thousands were affected.

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