7.0 Earthquake In Haiti

January 12, 2010

"A 7.0-magnitude quake – the biggest recorded in this part of the Caribbean – and the largest to hit Haiti in more than 200 years, rocked Port-au-Prince last night, collapsing a hospital and sending houses tumbling into ravines. Hundreds are feared to have been killed. The quake, which was shallow, with a depth of just 6.2 miles, struck at 4.53pm local time with the epicentre 10 miles south-west of Port-au-Prince, according to the US Geological Survey. It was said to have lasted around a minute and was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude. The last major temblor to hit the capital was a magnitude 6.7 in 1984." - from The Guardian. Read More...