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Before and after Haiti's earthquake (photos)

Google has updated Google Earth showing before and after images of the devastation caused by the earthquake on Tuesday.

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Before

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday occurred along the strike-slip fault line that separates the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates, just 10 miles southwest of the capital city, Port-Au-Prince.

The quake, the largest in the region in more than 200 years, has been devastating, and throughout Port-Au-Prince buildings have collapsed, leaving people trapped and streets blocked with the ruins of fallen buildings.

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After

Here is the same area as seen after the earthquake.
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Before

This image from Google shows Champs de Mars plaza on an average day in 2008 before the devastating quake struck.
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After

The normally calm Champs de Mars plaza in front of the the Presidential Palace has, like other public spaces throughout the city, become a place to gather and to seek refuge from the destruction caused by the earthquake.
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A neighborhood in Port-Au-Prince, before.

A neighborhood in Port-Au-Prince, before.
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Poorly maintained

According to the Encyclopedia of Nations, "Haiti's infrastructure is primitive and poorly maintained, the result of decades of under-investment and environmental damage."

The poor infrastructure accelerated the damage caused by the quake, inflicting an unusually high toll for a quake with magnitude of 7.0.

Here, the same area is seen after the quake.

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Before

A building near the city's center before the quake.
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Destruction

The same building after Tuesday's earthquake.
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Stade Sylvio Cator, after

The 30,000-person multipurpose stadium Stade Sylvio Cator, named for Haitian Olympic medalist long jumper Sylvio Cator, as seen before the quake in 2008.
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Stade Sylvio Cator, before

The Stade Sylvio Cator was damaged in the earthquake, and its grounds have now become a safe haven for earthquake refugees.
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Boulevard JeanJaques Dessalines

A corner building along Boulevard Jean-Jaques Dessalines before Tuesday's quake.
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Boulevard JeanJaques Dessalines

The same corner building after it collapsed, partially blocking the surrounding streets.
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Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace prior to its collapse in the earthquake on Tuesday.
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Presidential Palace collapse

The Presidential Palace in the Champs de Mars plaza was nearly destroyed following Tuesday's quake.
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Before the collapse

A block of buildings near the Presidential Palace before the earthquake.
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Near the Presidential Palace

The same block near the Presidential Palace collapsed into the street after the quake.

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