New Ways of Defining Success in Post-Disaster Recovery

People install solar panels as part of relief efforts from the January 2010 earthquake, Boucan Carre, Haiti, Feb. 14, 2012, (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).
People install solar panels as part of relief efforts from the January 2010 earthquake, Boucan Carre, Haiti, Feb. 14, 2012, (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).
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The year 2010 started with two large earthquakes less than two months apart. The strongest one, by far, was the earthquake in February in Concepcion, Chile, that killed about 250 people. Unfortunately, the earthquake also generated a tsunami, and since an adequate early warning was not issued along the Chilean coast, the tsunami ended up doubling the death toll. A month before, however, a much weaker earthquake shook another coastal city on the other side of the Americas: Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Tragically and catastrophically, many of the city’s buildings collapsed, and the death toll may have reached more than a quarter […]

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