|Health Facilities Affected by Haiti Earthquake|
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010, close to the nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, a city of two million people. A series of aftershocks has rocked the affected area. Preliminary reports indicate many collapsed structures-including two health facilities, the Eliazard Germain hospital in Petionville, an area of Port-au-Prince and the Petit frères et Soeurs facility. National authorities believe there will be a serious loss of life. According to OCHA reports the most affected cities are: Port-au-Prince, Carrefour and Jacmel. This has been the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti along this fault line. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It ranks 154th on the United Nations Human Development Index.
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