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Datebook: January 12 – Earthquake Rocks Haiti 2 Years Ago

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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. By January 24, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake. The government reported an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured, and 1,000,000 made homeless. At least 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged. Notable landmarks, such as the Presidential Palace, National Assembly Building, Port-Au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail had been damaged. Many countries responded with humanitarian aid, medical teams, and engineers. Over the past two years, recovery has been slow largely due to poor government management of aid received, land ownership issues, the spread of cholera, and the overwhelming amount of refugees and the rise of violence. But still, there is hope…

Could Haiti be saved by coffee?

It’s Thursday, January 12

Hear poet Blas Falconer reading from his works for Murray State’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Mr. Falconer’s book A Question of Gravity and Light came out in 2007 and his book The Foundling Wheel is forthcoming in 2013.

Learn Latin with beginning Latin lessons for high schoolers and adults starting next Tuesday. Classes are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at WKCTC Emerging Technology Building, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah. Register with

Saturday Hopkins County honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Byrnes Auditorium in the Hatley Building on Madisonville Community College’s Health Sciences Campus. In addition to keynote speaker Mrs. Naomi Barber King, hear combined choruses and the 50 voice Evansville Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America Mass Choir.

Check out NPR’s All Songs Considered tonight at 6:30. See the new program schedule at Thanks!

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