NASA Study of Haiti Quake Yields Surprising Results

“The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused more than 200,000 casualties and devastated Haiti’s economy in January resulted not from the Enriquillo fault, as previously believed, but from slip on multiple faults — primarily a previously unknown, subsurface fault.”

“In addition, because the earthquake did not involve slip near Earth’s surface, the study suggests that it did not release all of the strain that has built up on faults in the area over the past two centuries, meaning that future surface-rupturing earthquakes in this region are likely.”

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Source:
U.S Geological Survey (USGS)

Picture: NASA/JPL/JAXA/METI

Swati Patel, VERTICES intern

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