Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck near the town of Legoane, Haiti. The earthquake devastated the tiny Caribbean nation, causing more than 100,000 deaths and displacing a million people.Poor infrastructure is sometimes blamed for the catastrophic impact. Thousands were killed when buildings in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince collapsed. A small, localized tsunami also tore through many buildings on the coast.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry access Noun
ability to use.
city where a region's government is located.
Encyclopedic Entry: capital catastrophic Adjective
large settlement with a high population density.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: coast collapse Verb
to fall apart completely.
the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.
job or work.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
meaning or effect.
structures and facilities necessary for the functioning of a society, such as roads.
internally displaced person Noun
someone forced to leave their local area, who has not left the country.
international organization Noun
unit made up of governments or groups in different countries, usually for a specific purpose.
Encyclopedic Entry: international organization life expectancy Noun
average number of years a person lives.
ocean waves triggered by an earthquake, volcano, or other movement of the ocean floor.
World Bank Noun
United Nations organization that loans money to poor and developing nations.