On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude struck Haiti about 16 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Over the next 12 days, 52 after-shocks continued to rock the already destroyed country, the largest of which measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.
Hurricane Patricia, a storm that formed off the western coast of Mexico, was the strongest recorded hurricane in history. Winds were recorded at 165 miles per hour while the storm was gaining strength at sea near the many resort towns on the western coast, such as Puerto Vallarta. Thanks to the the evacuations aided by the government, many people were spared from the storm when it touched down.