Magnitude: 7.0M
Time: 01-12-2010 T21:53:10
Country: HAITI

HAITI:PORT-AU-PRINCE

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 13km below the ground in Haiti on 01-12-2010 T21:53:10, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 7.0 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 13km under the surface, it is best classified as a deep geologic event. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing considerable damage to specially designed structures; well-designed frame structures thrown out of plumb. Damage would be great in substantial buildings, with partial collapse. Expect that buildings would be shifted off foundations. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 316000 souls and destroying 97294 structures.
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total_houses_damaged 188383
region_code 90
total_houses_destroyed 97294
eq_mag_mb 6.8
focal_depth 13
total_deaths 316000
total_deaths_description 4
year 2010
eq_mag_ms 7.3
total_houses_damaged_description 4
eq_mag_mw 7.0
id 8732
location_name HAITI:PORT-AU-PRINCE
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 316000
eq_primary 7.0
total_houses_destroyed_description 4
time 01-12-2010 T21:53:10
latitude 18.457
houses_damaged 188383
injuries 30000
houses_destroyed 97294
total_injuries 300000
houses_destroyed_description 4
houses_damaged_description 4
total_damage_millions_dollars 8000.000
total_injuries_description 4
longitude -72.533
country HAITI
deaths_description 4
injuries_description 4
damage_millions_dollars 8000.000

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