American Society of Civil Engineers


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


by Hermann M. Fritz, (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407, USA. E-mail: fritz@gatech.edu), Jean Vilmond Hillaire, (Universite Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. E-mail: hvilmond@yahoo.fr), Emanuel Molière, (Ecole Nationale de Geologie Appliquee, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. E-mail: chapeshai@yahoo.fr), Fahad Mohammed, (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407, USA. E-mail: fahd@gatech.edu), and 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. E-mail: yong.wei@noaa.gov)
Section: Tsunami Modeling and Field Investigations, pp. 358-363, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41185(417)32)

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Document type: Conference 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.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Tsunamis
Earthquakes
Caribbean
Coastal environment