Talk:2010 Haiti earthquake

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Further reading[edit]

Three major English-language books on the earthquake were published in 2013. These should be included in the "further reading" section:

Katz, Jonathan M. The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 978-0230341876 Laferrière, Dany The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1551524986 Wilentz, Amy Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. ISBN 978-1451643978 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.122.171.6 (talk) 00:11, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Victims[edit]

Whilst there is a section on casualties, the article ostensibly supports the official- and questionable - claim of over 300,000 victims. The doubtfulness of that figure should be noted.203.184.41.226 (talk) 04:56, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

It is the one that is widely used. If you have a new RS that refutes the one that is now generally accepted it can be added. Gandydancer (talk) 16:23, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
Sorry. We've fought this out rather extensively in the past. The earthquake occurred. Without missing a beat, the government announced for all the world to hear that 300,000 people had died. It sounded impressive and got the intention that was intended.
For those who do not know, Haiti does not really have a government in the usual sense meant in the first world. There is no functioning local police chief or fire marshal or hospital or census that can even begin to make an accurate count. Oh, and no phone "system" (some cells!), no "post office," etc. As far as anyone can figure, someone threw darts at a board in some government office and arrived at 300,000, a catchy figure, as it turns out, causing endless amount of discussion.
BUT, no outside neutral source, like the Red Cross, the United Nations, the United States, etc. has even come up with a figure above 230,000. To most observers, even that sounds high. This figure is now being used in the Haiti article somehow. In the good old days, when everyone was paying attention, other, much lower figures were published, one by one; some as low as 100,000. A lot of people died, just not "300,000." Student7 (talk) 21:25, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
I agree with Student7 - we will never know how many died. When not only whole families but whole neighborhoods are buried and then the communication problems, etc., that Student7 refers to on top of that...plus the fact that there would certainly be an advantage to putting the figure as high as possible... On the other hand, none of the other figures, made within hours of the quake, should become the "official" figure either. In the end we have no choice but to report the "official" figure regardless of our own personal feelings about that figure. Gandydancer (talk) 22:01, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
"Without missing a beat" is not correct. It took a few months for the 300,000+ figure to be arrived at. The source of the 230,000 figure was also the Haitian government, it's just that the UN and other entities stopped raising their number. It is correct that "Nobody knows how many died as a result of the earthquake." (The Big Truck That Went By, 70) (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 20:20, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 13 March 2014[edit]

I THINK DAT S**T SHOULD 'APPEN. COMPRENDE? Zamzam12345678 (talk) 10:33, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 11:02, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Romel Joseph Day[edit]

Should be covered by relief and recovery sections in the main article. RomanSpa (talk) 07:16, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 November 2014[edit]

On the first line in the summary at the top you have said that the Haiti earthquake was a 7.0 magnitude on the rector scale but it is 7.8 as described on a documentary on this subject, I can not remember what documentary it was and I hope that this is no inconvenience. 81.158.129.129 (talk) 20:55, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done All the sources, particularly the scientific papers written since the earthquake give a moment magnitude of 7.0, so no reason to change to an unsourced 7.8. Mikenorton (talk) 21:08, 12 November 2014 (UTC)