View Full Version : This just really sucks. (Haite earthquake)

01-14-2010, 12:44 AM
Just heard earlier today about the quake in Haite (7.0!), according to the USGS, it hit in an area of very high population density, Source (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/pager/events/us/2010rja6/index.html).

What makes it even worse, is that tropical regions like Haite, many structures are un-reinforced concrete.

Another thing to consider, is that if that area of the world is not very earthquake prone, then the rock will be far less fragmented, which means the actual surface displacements will be far more severe then it would be in a place like California. I suspect that the quake will be less attenuated with distance also.

Damn, this is just the perfect storm. Casualties could be in the several hundred thousands.

01-14-2010, 12:56 AM
Horrible, I can only imagine how poorly many of the other buildings (Do they even have a building code?) held up to the quake.

01-14-2010, 01:25 AM
A little more info can be found here (http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100113/full/news.2010.10.html)