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When an earthquake struck Chile on February 27, it was 500 times more powerful than the one that struck Haiti, but a lot fewer people died. People who study earthquakes say the reason is that Chile followed rules for constructing buildings that could hold up in an earthquake. In Haiti, an extremely poor country, buildings were built cheaply and crumbled easily.