Coastal Impacts by the 12 January 2010 Earthquake and Tsunamis in Haiti


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by Hermann M. Fritz, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407, USA., fritz@gatech.edu,
Jean Vilmond Hillaire, Universite Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince, Haiti., hvilmond@yahoo.fr,
Emanuel Molière, Ecole Nationale de Geologie Appliquee, Port-au-Prince, Haiti., chapeshai@yahoo.fr,
Fahad Mohammed, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407, USA., fahd@gatech.edu,
Yong Wei, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA, Seattle, WA 98115, USA; and Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105, USA., yong.wei@noaa.gov,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011:

Abstract: On 12 January 2010 a magnitude Mw 7.0 earthquake occurred 25 km west-southwest of Haiti's Capital of Port-au-Prince, which resulted in more than 230,000 fatalities thereby more than doubling any previous loss of life from a similar size earthquake. In addition tsunami waves triggered by the earthquake caused at least 3 fatalities at Petit Paradis. The international tsunami survey team (ITST) was deployed within days of the event and covered the greater Bay of Port-au-Prince and more than 100 km of Hispaniola's southern coastline. Field observations are compared to numerical modeling results.

Subject Headings: Tsunamis | Earthquakes | Developing countries | Coastal environment | Numerical models | Field tests | Accidents | Numerical analysis | Earthquake magnitude scale | Haiti

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