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via Slate Magazine by Juliet Lapidos on 1/13/10Thousands are presumed dead after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti on Tuesday afternoon. In May 2008, Juliet Lapidos looked into reports of more than 100,000 deaths from a cyclone in Burma and an earthquake in China. In the "Explainer" column reprinted below, she described how these sorts of numbers are calculated.
Haiti - Earthquake - China - Burma - Caribbean