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Haiti's Earthquake and Disaster Planning
      Apocalyptic language has been devalued in the United States in recent years, to the point where newscasters and headline writers could describe a large snowfall in the Tidewater states as a “snowpocalypse.” But the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12, however moderate on the Richter scale (7.0), had medical and social consequences that were decidedly nonmetaphoric. The response to this national scale emergency illustrated how tightly any country's medical infrastructure is interwoven with its broader physical, political, and economic fabric.
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