The 2010 Haiti earthquake (
French: Séisme de 2010 à Haïti;
Haitian Creole: Tranblemanntè 12 janvye 2010 nan peyi Ayiti) was a
magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an
epicenter near the town of
Ouest), approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of
Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53
UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.
By 24 January, at least 52
aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded.
 An estimated three million people were affected by the quake.
 Death toll estimates range from 100,000
 to about 160,000
 to Haitian government figures from 220,000
 to 316,000; these have been widely characterized as deliberately inflated by the Haitian government.
 The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000
residences and 30,000
commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
 The nation's history of
national debt, prejudicial trade policies by other countries, and foreign intervention into national affairs, contributed to the existing poverty and poor housing conditions that increased the death toll from the disaster.
The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince,
Jacmel and other cities in the region. Notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the
Presidential Palace, the
National Assembly building, the
Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Among those killed were
Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
Joseph Serge Miot,
 and opposition leader
 The headquarters of the
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed, killing many, including the Mission's Chief,
responded to appeals for humanitarian aid, pledging funds and dispatching rescue and medical teams, engineers and support personnel. Communication systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical networks had been damaged by the earthquake, which hampered rescue and aid efforts; confusion over who was in charge, air traffic congestion, and problems with prioritising flights further complicated early relief work. Port-au-Prince's morgues were overwhelmed with tens of thousands of bodies. These had to be buried in
As rescues tailed off, supplies, medical care and sanitation became priorities. Delays in aid distribution led to angry appeals from aid workers and survivors, and
looting and sporadic violence were observed. On 22 January the United Nations noted that the emergency phase of the relief operation was drawing to a close, and on the following day, the Haitian government officially called off the search for survivors.