2010 Haiti Earthquake

created by: Sophie Davis

January 12, 2010

On January 12, 2010 an earthquake hit the island of Haiti. The earthquake took approximately 250,000 lives and cost about $7.8 billion to restore all the damage caused. The earthquake registered as a 7.0 Moment Magnitude Scale. The Moment Magnitude Scale (MMS) is used on moderate to large earthquakes such as the one in Haiti, it measures the amount of energy released from the earthquake.

How and Why It Happened

Haiti is in the Caribbean plate that is surrounded by a much larger tectonic plate: the North American tectonic plate. This makes the Haiti more likely to have larger earthquakes because the movement of such a large tectonic plate around the much smaller plate which causes causes mass destruction.
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