Haiti Earthquake

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Haiti Earthquake

On January 12, 2012, the country of Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that changed the lives of people living across the nation. The earthquake struck Haiti before 5pm and was centered about 10 miles South East of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital city of Haiti. This earthquake is known as one of the most powerful earthquakes of the century that hit the Eastern parts of Cuba. Prior to the earthquake Haiti acquired the lowest immunization rates in the world (55%) and disease was very common, as well as extreme poverty, political unrest and weak infrastructure (Hinman, “Cholera Vaccination in Haiti; Evidence, Ethel, Expedience”). In results of the earthquake in Haiti, Haiti has been left in a poorer economic condition than before. Due to this natural disaster, many innocent lives were taken away. The number of casualties kept increasing as the bodies of children were being discovered under the destroyed rumble. People all over the world watched a tragedy unfold and did everything they could to help the innocent, suffering people of Haiti. An earthquake is a tremor in the earth caused by a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. The depth of this earthquake in Haiti was very shallow, meaning that the energy that was released is very close to the surface, which can also be another characteristic that causes some violent ground shaking," -Bedwell (“What Caused the Devastating Haiti Earthquake?”)These energy releases can be the result of stressed tectonic plates, or in the case of last year’s earthquake in Haiti, the cause was a rupture of the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault that had been locked in and gathering stress for nearly 250 years. "The two sides of the fault line moved past each other in an east-west direction and that's what caused the energy release and the Haiti earthquakes," (“What Caused the Devastating Haiti Earthquake?”); this created a 7.0 magnitude quake, resulting in the...
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