Entry Title: "
Haiti Earthquake: Looting in Port au Prince"
Category: Non-Professional, War/Conflict
Entry Description: On 01/12/10 an earthquake with a catastrophic magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti, the western hemisphere's poorest nation. Due to the earthquakes close proximity to the capital city, where many are housed in poor densely-packed shantytowns and badly-constructed buildings, the earthquake had far greater consequences then similar natural disasters in other nations. With aid supplies lacking, many people took to the streets and looted collapsed retail buildings. In response, Police officers were given permission to seize and on some occasions execute thieves.