Haiti – 12 January 2010

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It has been a year since the lives of millions of people in Haiti were changed forever – in just 35 seconds. Natural disasters of the scale of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2004 Asian Tsunami, make me feel very sad for the people who get caught up in them. Through no fault of their own, their lives are changed in an instant. The loss of souls a sudden vacuum. Trying to understand the enormity of the event leaves me speechless. So here are the numbers:

Magnitude of earthquake: 7.0 on the Moment magnitude scale

Time it took: 35 seconds

Lives lost: approximately 230 000

People injured: approximately 300 000

People left homeless: around 1 000 000 (a million!)

Kathryn McCullough, who lives in Haiti, is the best person I know to describe the aftermath of this disaster, and the efforts to rebuild Haiti. Please take a moment to read Kathryn’s post about the anniversary of the disaster (click here).

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12 Comments on “Haiti – 12 January 2010”

  1. Sarita Botha
    January 12, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    It is so sad when these things happen. One always feel so helpless.

    • January 12, 2011 at 8:16 am #

      Tragedies happen every day, but it’s staggering to me when that many people are killed or injured in one event.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Thanks so much, Lisa, for remembering Haiti today! Thanks for your kind heart. Thanks for your friendship–South Africa holding hands with Haiti–bridging continents–making a difference!

  3. January 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    It’s so hard to comprehend that it took 35 seconds to cause such damage and destruction. That’s less time than it’s taking me to write this comment. The mind boggles, and my heart goes out to Haiti today and until peace and reconstruction and stability come.
    Sunshine xx

    • January 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

      I’ve been thinking of it all day, and I still can’t wrap my head around it.

  4. January 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Thank you. May we never forget this, nor forget how fortunate we are.

    • January 13, 2011 at 6:19 am #

      I think as much as these anniversaries are to show support for people living through and with the aftermath of the tragedy, it is as you say a reminder to the rest of us not to forget how fortunate we are.

  5. January 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    We see these things in movies and think it fantastic – it only happens in someone else’s imagination. The reality is extremely scary. So much loss. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. What a life lesson!

    • January 13, 2011 at 6:17 am #

      Very true! I think what you said on Kathryn’s blog, about the people there have to face the reminders of the tragedy every single day, was very profound. We can tune out news of this tragedy when it becomes to much for us to deal with, they can’t.

  6. bagnidilucca
    January 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    A lot of those people were badly off before the earthquake. I just isn’t fair that some people have to bear so much tragedy.

    • January 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      You’re right. Was commenting the other day (can’t remember to whom) that these major disasters often happen to people who have the least resources to deal with them.

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