The Haiti Earthquake

The Haiti Earthquake

The quake in Haiti came suddenly—but the results were predictable. At the moment it struck, scientists from the Earth Institute and other parts of Columbia University were in Port-au-Prince with a UN-sponsored project assessing how to reduce the nation’s obvious vulnerability to natural disasters. Learn more about what caused the quake and what is being done to help the people of Haiti recover from it.

Author: Haiti Relief Lacking in Long-Term Solutions

by | 2.21.2013 at 2:27pm | 1 Comment
The 2010 earthquake in the Port au Prince environs caused an estimated of $8 to $14 billion in damage and caused a death toll of over 200,000 people. The international community donated an estimated $7.5 billion dollars in aid and recovery funds.  Photo Credit: Alex Fischer, CIESIN.

Haiti Dialog Series: Author Jonathan M. Katz joined the Haiti Research and Policy Program’s dialogue series to discuss his new book and two years reporting on the Haitian recovery after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Katz argues within his book that the international aid money has become a missed opportunity to address core development challenges in Haiti and that the country remains equally vulnerable today as it did prior to January 10th, 2010.

Haiti Regeneration Initiative Team Resumes Research

by | 10.6.2010 at 4:13pm
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Post-earth quake, the project team for the Haiti Regeneration Initiative (HRI) resumes fieldwork in the Haitian countryside. Program coordinator Alex Fischer is interviewed.

Supporting Continued Rebuilding Efforts in Haiti

by | 8.4.2010 at 3:05pm
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The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation, longtime supporter of our Earth Clinic, has made a gift to support two projects in Haiti to improve crop yields through the use of test plots and agricultural extension training.

Initiatives to Help Haiti Recover

by | 3.16.2010 at 12:34pm | 2 Comments

A new set of web pages describes the Earth Institute’s wide-ranging involvement in helping bring relief to quake-battered Haiti, as well as plans for long-term recovery, and associated environmental and economic issues. One major program, the Haiti Regeneration Initiative involves the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Tropical Agriculture [...]

An Underwater Landslide; Then, a Deadly Wave

by | 3.15.2010 at 10:18am

Scientists have been sailing off the coast of Haiti to assess the recent earthquake there, and the potential for more. The cruise is now complete; here is the final update, from reports by chief scientist Cecilia McHugh of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and others. (Read the full story of the project, involving the Earth Institute and other major institutions.) The great January [...]

Haiti Quake Fault Comes Into Focus

by | 3.5.2010 at 1:10pm

Scientists are sailing off the coast of Haiti to assess the recent earthquake there, and the potential for more. This is the latest update, emailed by chief scientist Cecilia McHugh from the research vessel Endeavor. (Read the full story of the project, involving the Earth Institute and other major institutions.) We had a successful day and were able to map [...]

Shipboard Researchers Image Haiti Earthquake Fault

by | 3.4.2010 at 10:03am | 2 Comments

Scientists are sailing off the coast of Haiti to assess the recent earthquake there, and the potential for more. This is the latest update, emailed by chief scientist Cecilia McHugh from the research vessel Endeavor. (Read the full story of the project, involving the Earth Institute and other major institutions.) Today we surveyed the Baie de Grand Goave, west of [...]

Why Haiti Suffered More Than Chile

by | 3.2.2010 at 11:59am

By Colin Stark
About six weeks ago, a large earthquake devastated Haiti and killed over 200,000 people. Saturday, a huge earthquake releasing 500 times more energy, devastated Chile and killed hundreds.
So why did the smaller earthquake kill so many more people?

Researchers Probe Bottom Off Port-au-Prince

by | 3.2.2010 at 11:41am

Scientists are now sailing off the coast of Haiti to assess the recent earthquake there, and the potential for more. This is the latest update, emailed by chief scientist Cecilia McHugh from the research vessel Endeavor. (Read the full story of the project, involving the Earth Institute and other major institutions.) The first part of the science program focused [...]

Earthquake Research Vessel Reaches Haiti Coast

by | 3.1.2010 at 4:22pm

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. (Read the full story of the project, involving the Earth Institute and other major institutions.) Chief scientist Cecilia McHugh of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [...]