Earthquake Information

January 12, 2010 (21:53:10 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Haiti

A major earthquake occurred Tuesday in the boundary region separating the Caribbean plate and the North America plate. This plate boundary is dominated by left-lateral strike slip motion and compression, and accommodates about 20 mm/y slip, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward with respect to the North America plate.

Teachable Moment

Teachable Moment Presentations

Animations and Visualizations

  • Seismic Wave Propagation (Youtube / Quicktime)
  • Why didn't the magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti cause a large tsunami? (Youtube / Quicktime)
  • USArray Wave Visualization Globe (Youtube / Quicktime 15MB)
    -watch seismic waves from the Haiti earthquake as they cross the USArray's seismometer deployment. Blue circles indicate a seismometer moving down; red circles indicate a seismometer moving up.
    Click here to learn more.
  • Six Month Seismic Monitor Central America Earthquake Activity Map (Youtube / Quicktime 6.7MB)
  • updated 20 Jan Seismic Monitor View of the Haiti earthquake and aftershocks (Flash) or with color coded magnitude (Quicktime).

To save the videos above, right click a Quicktime link and choose "Save Target As".

USGS Resources

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Additional Haiti Earthquake Resources

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