This fault line was named the Indiviso Fault, after the nearby town of El Indiviso. An earthquake of such magnitude had been expected around the fault situated in the southeast of Mexicali. Several foreshocks began from April 1,with magnitudes of 3, 4 and 5.
On January 12, disaster struck this already struggling nation. Death totals toppedand reliable industries and structures were destroyed, leaving the nation in a tough situation.
While other countries and Haiti itself have been attempting to stabilize its economy, it remains clear that the earthquake that has recently stuck Haiti has had a catastrophic impact on Haiti, leaving its economy in shambles.
Throughout its history Haiti has never been known as a wealthy country. In fact, Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Americas despite its increase in wealth in the years prior to the earthquake.
While many may blame the nation alone for their less than ideal economy, they have not had the best luck in the past few years. They have been cursed by several tropical storms and natural disasters that have temporarily crippled their economy but none have been as devastating as this recent earthquake.
Other then the heartbreaking casualties, the structural damages caused by the earthquake are amongst the major concerns. Hundreds of thousands of buildings plummeted to the ground including homes, the presidential palace, and even the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.
As a result supplies were not only lost but the entrance for aiding ships were temporarily inhibited.
Finally, the few roads that were paved in Haiti were left cracked and flooded with cars damaged by the earthquake, making transportation in and out of Haiti nearly impossible. This photo by Kris Peterson depicts the devastating structural damage caused by the Haiti Earthquake.
Unfortunately the Haitians that did survive now find themselves in a terrible predicament as far as employment goes. In fact, agriculture alone employs roughly two thirds of the labor force Central.
For example, the U. It has put an already struggling economy into an even worse situation and left the survivors in a tough spot. Most are left homeless and unemployed with nowhere to go. While efforts are being made to help Haiti reach a speedy recovery, the damages have cost Haiti an overwhelming amount of money that will likely require a great deal of time to recover from.
Works Cited Central America and Carribean: Retrieved November 4, from: New York Times, p. Assessment of damage, losses, and general and sectoral needs.
Retrieved November 6, from:Smaller earthquakes, called foreshocks, may precede the main earthquake, and aftershocks may occur after the main earthquake. Earthquakes are mainly confined to specific areas of the Earth known as seismic zones, which coincide mainly with ocean trenches, mid-ocean ridges, and mountain ranges.
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In the late afternoon of May 31, , an earthquake registering on the Richter scale struck west of Peru on the floor of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Most earthquakes become the part of a sequence of earthquake clusters which can recur in a regular pattern and related to each other in terms of location and time.
Such earthquakes cause less damage however larger earthquakes (mainshock) create a foreshock (an earthquake of smaller magnitude) and cause much damage.