Saturday, December 4

Why do so many earthquakes occur in Haiti?

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Collapsed building in Jérémie, Haiti.

Image source, Reuters

This note was originally published in January 2010 and updated following the earthquake of August 14, 2021.

On Saturday morning, a strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti and has so far left nearly 300 dead and more than 1,000 injured.

And the natural tragedy inevitably led us to think of another similar moment on the Caribbean island: on January 12, 2010, when an earthquake of a similar magnitude (7.0 on the Richter scale) devastated Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, and caused the death of more than 200,000 people.

Something that had already happened in 1887, 1842, 1770 and 1751.

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