While earthquakes are not uncommon in the Caribbean island country, the recent Haiti earthquake’s intensity surprised experts.
“It’s quite strange” from a historical perspective, said Julie Detton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Haiti is part of the island of Hispaniola, which also hosts the Dominican Republic. The last major earthquake to strike Haiti’s side of the island was in 1860.
Yesterday’s initial earthquake, which struck at about 5 p.m. local time yesterday, spawned dozens of aftershocks, about 15 of which were magnitude 5 or greater.
Whether the earthquake could trigger other major quakes is not known.
“It’s not something that we can project is going to happen,” Detton said.
“But definitely if you’re moving two [plates] in one area, you’re building up stress and strain in another.”
Elephant Journal lists ways to help the relief fund through New Media
Over at Under Solen we thought it would be a good idea to compile ways that people can reach out and help Haiti earthquake victims. Even if you can’t travel to Haiti, or don’t have lots of money to donate to relief efforts, there’s a lot that can be done simply by spreading the word. Here’s our original post with some added ways you can help out.
From Barry Briggs (Ox Herding)~
On his radio program Wednesday morning, Rusty said that President Barack Obama and company would use Haiti to get closer to the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black [communities] in this country” while adding that the U.S. has “already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
So, this is a horrible tragedy and we should give what we can to Haiti to help them to recover. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh for their compassion and ability to see an issue and a tragedy in terms of religious retribution, political clout and dollar signs. Bravo.