Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere Haiti experienced a cataclysmic earthquake on January 12, 2010. The disaster rocked the nations capital and shook the small country to its core killing more than 230,000 people and displacing several million.
These photographs were made in the weeks after the quake in Port au Prince.
The epicenter of this magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake was near Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 13 km (8.1 miles).
The United States Geological Survey recorded a series of at least 33 aftershocks, 14 of which were between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9. The International Red Cross estimated that about three million people were affected by the quake. As of 11 February 2010 the Haitian Government raised the death toll from the quake to 230,000 people which is by far the worst disaster in Haitian history and one of the most severe natural disasters in recent memory. More than 500,000 people are currently living in makeshift camps throughout the capital city of Port au Prince.