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200 ShelterBoxes are being distributed in Malawi after a series of earthquakes brought devastation to thousands of people.

The three weeks of tremors that struck the northern district of Karonga in December 2009 left more than 4,000 households in need of emergency shelter. One quake measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale and prompted the government to declare a national emergency.

An all-North American ShelterBox Response Team has sent to Malawi after Christmas. They have worked closely with US-based charity Marion Medical Mission, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies during the distribution.

Malawi is situated at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley - a 5,000-kilometer-long fault line that runs north-south from Lebanon to Mozambique - a position that makes the country vulnerable to earthquakes. back