Map of Haiti showing the severity of shaking during the January 12 earthquake. Red indicates the most violent shaking which causes very heavy damage to buildings; green is moderate shaking and light damage. Port-au-Prince is in the red zone. Adapted by Elaine Matthews from United States Geological Survey Shakemap

On January 12, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, near the capital city of Port-au-Prince. It is predicted that over half a million people were killed or injured.

Learn about what has happened since the earthquake by reading: