Haiti Earthquake

http://www.insidedisaster.com/experience/Main.html View and interact with the video on the experience of the Haiti earthquake from the perspective of a survivor, an aid worker and a journalist: a good starting point for understanding the magnitude of the earthquake and its devastation.  This is a flash website and the programme needs a good broadband connection or it will not work successfully.

Shake map

USGS shake map for the Haiti 2010 earthquake


1. Basic facts

Earthquake struck on January 12, 2010 and measured 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale. More than 230,000 people were killed (estimates of the death toll vary)
1.5 million people were initially displaced and 85,432 displaced people still remain in 123 sites (figure from September 2014).

2. Case study

Introduction: You should develop your case study of Haiti and draw comparisons and conclusions with L’Aquila as these two events can be classed as MEDC and LEDC hazardous environment studies.

Physical geography details: Haiti is situated near to two tectonic plates. Record for your research the names of the plates and explain how these plates caused the earthquake. Draw a sketch of Haiti’s location and the two plates.

Use the following websites for your research:


A film crew captured some footage of Haiti as it looked just a few weeks before the earthquake. The film is called “The Disaster Before the Earthquake”, reflecting the fact that the economic and social life of Haiti was already a human disaster.  The earthquake only made things ten times worse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRojV-Z1rk

  • CIA World Factbook


  • UNICEF Statistics





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