Haiti Earthquake Case study

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Where is Haiti Located?
part of a large Caribbean island called Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic is located to the east of Haiti and covers over half of the island.
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What was the cause of the Earthquake?
Haiti lies right on the boundary of the Caribbean and North American plates. There was slippage along a conservative plate boundary that runs through Haiti.
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What was the magnitude of the earthquake?
7
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Where was the epicentre located?
The earthquake’s epicentre was 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Most people, businesses and services were located in the capital.
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What were social Impacts of the earthquake?
3 million people affected. Over 220,000 deaths. 300,000 injured. 1.3 million made homeless. Several hospitals collapsed.
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What were the economic impacts?
30,000 commercial buildings collapsed. Businesses destroyed. Damage to the main clothing industry. Airport and port damaged.
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Why were the effects particularly bad?
There were very few earthquake-resistant buildings. Buildings and other structures were poorly built. The epicentre was near to the capital. There were few resources to rescue or treat injured people.
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What are some primary and secondary effects?
Primary- injuries from falling buildings Secondary- cholera breaks out
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What were the primary responses?
Emergency rescue teams arrived from a number of countries, eg Iceland. -GIS was used to provide satellite images and maps of the area, to assist aid organisations. -many ppl pledged money -United Nations troops and police distributed aid
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What did the dominican republic provide?
emergency water and medical supplies
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what were some secondary responses?
Money was pledged by organisations and governments to assist in rebuilding,. After one year, there were still 1,300 camps. ‘Cash for work’ programs are paying Haitians to clear rubble. Small farmers are being supported, Schools are being rebuilt
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