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2010 Haiti Earthquake Case Study

Hispaniola, Caribbean Sea
Haiti & Dominican Republic
Epicentre 25km West of Port-au-Prince
16:53 Local (21:53 GMT) on 12/01/10

Blind thrusts in Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault
system, a strike-slip fault region
Gonave microplate situated between North
American and Caribbean Plates
Hypocentre depth of 13km…

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Petrol supplies were low even before quake, preventing vehicles being used on the few
clear roads
90% of Leogane was destroyed
Clothing industry had facilities damaged, damaging the economy as 66% of Haiti's exports
are clothes
2 million people were displaced from their homes and lived on the streets or…


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