Overview of the 2010 Haiti earthquake

Earthquake Spectra
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The 12 January 2010 Mw 7.0 earthquake in the Republic of Haiti caused an estimated 300,000 deaths, displaced more than a million people, and damaged nearly half of all structures in the epicentral area. We provide an overview of the historical, seismological, geotechnical, structural, lifeline-related, and socioeconomic factors that contributed to the catastrophe. We also describe some of the many challenges that must be overcome to enable Haiti to recover from this event. Detailed analyses of these issues are presented in other papers in this volume.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Overview of the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Series title Earthquake Spectra
DOI 10.1193/1.3630129
Volume 27
Issue S1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher EERI
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 21 p.
First page S1
Last page S21
Country Haiti
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