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15 Jan 2010 description

The earthquake hit the capital city of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Tuesday afternoon local time (12 / 1). Based on data collected from the international media, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on the Richter Scale, centered around 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince with a depth of five miles (8 km). As quoted from various media, this earthquake was the largest earthquake in Haiti in the last 200 years and it is feared killed thousands of people.

The earthquake caused tens of thousands of people homeless.