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Earthquake comparison:
Haiti vs. Christchurch
Haiti earthquake

The Haitian earthquake occurred on January 12th 2010 at 16:53. The magnitude of the earthquake
was 7.0 on the Richter scale and was 13km deep. This is a particularly shallow earthquake and led to
the earthquake being felt on the surface more than…

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The building quality in Haiti is poor and not all supporting structures were built to standard with steel
reinforcements missing to save money. This poor standard of building was the main loss of life. The
people of Haiti were so poor that they had few reserves, meaning they had little…

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top of a lone tree was visible sticking out of the water were there used to be farmland. There was a
localised Tsunami as a result of this change that killed 7 people.

Once the earthquake had passed, individuals began trying to recover their belongings from the
collapsed buildings. Scientists…

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Christchurch

The initial earthquake that occurred in New Zealand was known as the Darfield earthquake. On
September 4th 2010 an earthquake struck just 6 miles South East of Christchurch. The earthquake had
a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale and 25miles west of Christchurch. The earthquake was only
10km…

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causing great damage. Areas of the city centre were shut off as the buildings were unstable and
damage could cause the buildings to collapse or an aftershock could cause more damage. Some
buildings were not totally destroyed but would have to be rebuilt as the buildings structure was
weakened due…

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Short term responses to this aftershock dealt with the issues that were immediate. People were
secured from dangerous buildings to reduce deaths from falling buildings. As the sewage system
was damaged, chemical toilets were provided to 30,000 residents to cover the loss. Areas were
classified into coloured zones, green, orange,…

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Comparison

Case Study Haiti Christchurch
15 miles from Port-au-Prince 25 miles west of Christchurch




Where?




When? January 12th 2010 at 16:53 September 4th 2010 at 04:35
Magnitude 7.0 on the Richter scale 7.1 on the Richter scale
Depth 10km 13km
Peak ground 0.5g 1.26g
acceleration
Number of 85,000 deaths No…

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Roads and paths were repaired
EU gave £204.8million to £3.7 million in international aid
Haiti Foreign aid workers sent to help the
The World Bank waived the relief efforts
debt for 5 years
Between them, 23 major
charities raised
£682million, however only
Aid received
2% of this was released
Neighbouring…

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