In 1950, the world was home to seven metropolitan areas with a population of 5 million people. Today there are more than 50. The potential of a significant earthquake occurring near or in a megacity is seen as inevitable as urban populations continue to rise.
SOURCE: Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program, United Nations Population Division | Laris Karklis/The Washington Post - February 23, 2010
Opposition leaders express desire to help rebuild Haiti Article | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Faced with a disaster of overwhelming proportions, Haiti's fractious political opposition is trying to set aside its differences and work with President René Préval to reach a consensus on how to rebuild the devastated country.