Scientists aboard the U.S. research vessel Endeavor and collaborators ashore have just arrived on the coast of Haiti to start a 20-day survey of that will assess the history and potential continued threat of earthquakes there.
Chief scientist Cecilia McHugh of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will be filing daily updates by email. Excerpts from her initial update upon arrival:
- Arrived at Port-au-Prince Bay on Saturday February 27 at 16:00.
- Upon arrival to Port Au Prince the R/V Endeavor tied up alongside the USNS Cornhusker State, which used their crane to lift the fully loaded 20’ container and 3’x6’x8’ pallets of tarp structures [[containing emergency shelters, donated to the Haitian people]] The cargo will be delivered to Port au Prince.
- Our three Haitian colleagues: S. Symithe, R. Douilly (Universite d’Etat de Haiti) and N. Dieudonne (Bureau of Mines, Haiti) boarded the R/V Endeavor via the Port Au Prince Pilot boat at 19:05.
- Tonight, after testing the equipment, we will conduct a chirp survey [[imaging sediments along the bottom]] along and across the Canal du Sud from water depths of 50 m to ~2000 m. The survey should last through the night.
- After transfers of equipment [[to colleages on land]] we will continue surveying along the eastern and southern coasts of Canal du Sud where the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault is thought to lie offshore and where there were reports of tsunami.