As you will all have heard there is terrible devastation in Haiti caused by a massive earthquake devastating Port-au-Prince, killing tens of thousands and injuring more. This was a large tremor centred on an impoverished country with little recent experience or preparedness for such an event.

The buildings in the quake zones of major industrialised nations sit on damping systems that allow them to ride out tremors that not only shake them back and forth but also twist them in the same movement.

Relief has been arriving, but little has moved beyond the jammed airport. Damage to the seaport, roads and other infrastructure has prevented the speedy distribution of food, water and medical supplies. People are desperate for food.

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Items sourced from BBC News and Oxfam