Disaster relief in Haiti
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. The government of Haiti also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. A team of doctors and nurses from the United States travelled to Haiti immediately after hearing about the earthquake. Their disaster relief work began by treating the wounded and caring for the sick. They went there a second time and set up a GI Endoscopy suite at a hospital and trained some of the physicians there for disaster relief. Here are some of the pictures that were taken during this effort.