TIME Haiti: Tragedy & Hope

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Tragedy often has a way of visiting those who can bear it least. And on January 12, 2010 this is exactly what happened to Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. At 4:53 PM on that day, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit a point just southwest of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. In a just a few terrifying minutes, a vibrant city was devastated, and tens of thousands died. Immediately the scale of the tragedy was apparent - a nation that was ...

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Overview

Tragedy often has a way of visiting those who can bear it least. And on January 12, 2010 this is exactly what happened to Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. At 4:53 PM on that day, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit a point just southwest of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. In a just a few terrifying minutes, a vibrant city was devastated, and tens of thousands died. Immediately the scale of the tragedy was apparent - a nation that was already so often on its knees had been knocked to the ground.
In this book, TIME magazine assembles words and pictures to provide a harrowing and sometimes heart breaking account of the earthquake, the devastation it left behind and the struggle that followed to save lives and put a shattered world back together. Combining stories of tragedy and chaos, desperation and miraculous rescue, it offers a powerful vision of one terrible day and the difficult days that followed, as the world responded with an outpouring of aid that overwhelmed Haiti's blocked roads, damaged runways and barely functioning national government. Dozens of vivid photographs document the pain and grief of the victims and the heroism of the rescuers.
In a personal essay, former President Bill Clinton also offers his assessment of Haiti's most urgent needs. Because those needs are so great, TIME will donate a share of all proceeds from this book to Haitian relief efforts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603201636
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,210,019
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

TIME Magazine is the leading news magazine in the world. Contributors to the book include Nancy Gibbs, Amy Wilentz and Bryan Walsh. Plus a special essay from former President Bill Clinton.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Time article re Haiti shake damage is myopic and misleading

    Frirst of all, the Haiti shake was not a particular strong one. Wood houses, because of the very fact they are flimsy, and as a result quite flexible, tend to sway with the ground waves of a samll earthquake. Because Haiti was not a large shake, the houses would have absorbed quite a bit of the jolt from ground shocks -- somewhat like a spring or play-dough. Larger shakes might have shaken the houses like a rag doll, imposing far more destructive forces.

    The real point here, which seems to be ignored, is that the Carribean islands are subject to meaningful hurricanes -- on a far more regular basis than earthquakes. A big hurricane, category 4 or 5, will likely scatter the pieces of the "flexible" houses over a large territory. Anyone interested can go to the web and look up the experience with flexible houses on the island of Guam, a region quite similar in character to that of the Carribean -- experiencing earthquakes plus big winds. Big winds there distribute pieces of the "flexible" houses out over the ocean on a fairly regular basis. There they have been successfully building houses that withstand, without damage, both of these agents of destruction and have been consistently doing so for over 35 years. They have withstood shakes to Richter 8.1 (Haiti was ten times less severe) and big winds up to 240 miles per hour. (Higher than Florida's hurricane Andrew)

    And the design and construction techniques are public domain and do not require any proprietary or patented ($) systems.

    For example, one can purchase window shutters from the local Guam Home Depot.

    Time to get real.

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