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Global issues earth hazards revision

Earthquake case study: Haiti earthquake, 2010

Back ground and causes

7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti's capital of Port Au Prince. The focus was 8.1
miles underground, making it a shallow earthquake. Haiti is on a conservative plate
boundary between the Caribbean and North American plates.…

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6 months later, 98% of rubble remained un-cleared

Why so many people died

Shallow focus- seismic waves had less to travel so energy was not dissipated
as much as a deeper focused earthquake so energy reaching epicentre was
Struck highly populated areas- a lot…




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