PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (WKOW) -- A year ago today the earth shook in the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince. The powerful magnitude-7 jolt threw an already impoverished nation into even deeper devastation.
More than 230,000 people were killed more than a million remain homeless and countless numbers of children were made orphans.
Ben Larson, a La Crosse native, was among the victims. Larson graduated from La Crosse Central High School before going to Luther College in Iowa and then Wartburg Theological Seminary. He, along with his wife and cousin, were in Port-Au-Prince on a church mission when the earthquake caused their hotel to collapse. His wife and cousin escaped alive.
The road to recovery has been hard in Haiti. A cholera epidemic broke out in the fall, taking nearly 3,000 more lives. Not all the financial aid promised Haiti has reached the people and the country once again faces political turmoil, with the results of a dysfunctional November presidential election still unclear.