Makeshift camps sprung up to shelter them.

Earthquakes in 2010 resulted in nearly 321,000 fatalities. On the scientific scale that measures the magnitude (or strength) of an earthquake, the quake scored a magnitude of 7.0 M w.The center of the earthquake was near Léogâne, very close to Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city of Haiti.It was only about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west. In total, the quake-affected 20% of the nation's 10.4 million population. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, left much of the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, area in despair in January 2010. Credit: American Red Cross/AP Haiti 2010: Bodies in streets

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake-ravaged Haiti. 2010 Haiti earthquake, large-scale earthquake that occurred on January 12, 2010, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a very strong earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. More than 600,000 people left Port-au-Prince to stay with families outside the capital. The Haitian government’s official count was … An exact death toll proved elusive in the ensuing chaos. The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a very strong earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010.   An estimated 230,000 people were killed. Another 300,000 were injured. Most severely affected was Haiti, occupying the western third of the island. Most of these were due to the … On the scientific scale that measures the magnitude (or strength) of an earthquake, the quake scored a magnitude of 7.0 M w.The center of the earthquake was near Léogâne, very close to Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city of Haiti.It was only about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west. The quake displaced 1.5 million people.