2010 haiti earthquake geography essay

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this short essay is about the catastrophic earthquake that happened in haiti,And sum of the devastating things it did and how it affects how people live.

Submitted: April 20, 2010

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Submitted: April 20, 2010

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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic ,disaster, the earth quake measured  7.0 Mw on the Richter scale earthquake. Its epicentre was near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. On the 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. The ground shook vigorously for two minutes. The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince, and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed. Many countries responded to appeals for humanitarian aid, pledging funds and dispatching rescue and medical teams. Communication systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical networks had been damaged by the earthquake, which hampered rescue and aid efforts; confusion over who was in charge, air traffic congestion, and problems with prioritisation of flights further complicated early relief work. Port-au-Prince's morgues were quickly overwhelmed;. As rescues tailed off, supplies, medical care and sanitation became priorities. Delays in aid distribution led to angry appeals from aid workers and survivors, and some looting and sporadic violence were observed. An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor, or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale


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