Topography Along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, Haiti : Image of the Day

via Topography Along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, Haiti : Image of the Day.

At 4:53 p.m. local time on January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers 10 miles southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Besides its strong magnitude, the earthquake’s shallow depth of roughly 8.3 kilometers 5.2 miles ensured that the densely populated capital suffered violent shaking.

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