Search & Rescue Continues After 7.2m Earthquake Devastates Haiti

The August 14th natural disaster in Haiti left 1,297 dead from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake, according to the civil protection agency.

Saturday’s earthquake also left at least 5,700 people injured, with thousands more displaced from destroyed or damaged homes.

Blackouts and crumbling buildings remain as search and rescue continue ahead of an incoming Tropical Storm. 

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0m earthquake struck the same peninsula of Haiti and was located ~75 km east of the August 2021 earthquake.

The 2010 earthquake caused substantial damage in the city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding regions where damage from the earthquake and subsequent cascading hazards caused over 200,000 fatalities. The August 2021 earthquake likely occurred within the same fault system as the January 2010 earthquake; however, the 2010 earthquake occurred on a blind thrust fault and not directly on the main plate-boundary fault, according to USGS. 

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