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Another Strong Quake Strikes Haiti as Expected

Posted by feww on January 20, 2010

Earthquake Measuring Up to 6.4 Mw Strikes Offshore 60 km  WSW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

The earthquake struck 9.9 km (6.2 miles), but was poorly constrained, USGS/EHP reported.

The event occurred about 880 km of  a strong quake that struck near the Grand Cayman earlier today.

On January 13 after the first powerful earthquake struck, FEWW said:

FEWW Forecast: Another Major Earthquake Could Strike the Region Soon with a Probability of 60% [P ≥ 0.55]

FEWW Moderators also forecast earlier to day as follows:

The Gonave Microplate, near the boundaries of which this earthquake occurred, could produce more seismicity in 2010, with possibly another powerful quake measuring 7.4 to 7.6Mw striking its southern boundary.  Kingston, Jamaica could experience a powerful quake with a probability of 65 percent.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,75°W


Earthquake Location map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.


Estimated Population Exposed to Earthquake Shaking.
Click Image for USGS PDF file.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.1 [EQ magnitude estimated by FEWW: 6.4 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:03:44 UTC
    • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 06:03:44 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 18.428°N, 72.875°W
  • Depth: 9.9 km (6.2 miles) (poorly constrained)
  • Region: HAITI REGION
  • Distances:
    • 60 km (35 miles) WSW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
    • 95 km (60 miles) ENE of Les Cayes, Haiti
    • 160 km (100 miles) SSW of Cap-Haitien, Haiti
    • 1110 km (690 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles); depth +/- 25.7 km (16.0 miles) –Possible error
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010rsbb


USGS Shakemap. Click image to enlarge.


Seismic Hazard Map. Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green  (USGS). Click image to enlarge.

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green. Location Map (USGS). Click image to enlarge.


Map of Haiti. USGS/EHP


Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green. Location Map (USGS). Click image to enlarge.

Tsunami Advisory:

The quake should have produced a small local tsunami. However, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at Ewa Beach, Hawaii, at 11:11 UTC Wed Jan 20,  2010 said:

A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data. This earthquake is located too far inland to generate a tsunami in the Caribbean.

The coordinates provided by NWSPTWC were: 18.6 NORTH 72.9 WEST.  And the Quake Location Details according to USGS were: 18.428°N, 72.875°W
Both sets of coordinates place the quake epicenter offshore Haiti, according to Google Earth.


Google Map of the Quake Location places the epicenter of the earthquake offshore Haiti (Hispaniola Island). Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.

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Strong Quake Strikes Cayman Islands Region

Posted by feww on January 20, 2010

Earthquake Measuring up to 6.1 Mw Strikes Near Cayman Islands

Strong earthquake measuring up to M6.1 struck offshore near Cayman Islands about 70 km (45 miles) ESE of George Town,  Cayman Islands and about 880 km WNW of the powerful earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince 8 days ago. The quake struck at a depth of about 10km on January 19, 2010 at 14:24 UTC.

Tsunami Report

There were no report of a tsunami in the area caused by this event.

Damage Report

The earthquake reportedly shook buildings in George town but there was no report of damage or injuries.

Previous Quakes

Grand Cayman was struck by a 6.8 Mw earthquake on December 14, 2004, three months after Hurricane Ivan had already raked the island. However, the quake caused only minor structural damage to some buildings.

FEWW Earthquake Forecast:

The Gonave Microplate, near the boundaries of which this earthquake occurred, could produce more seismicity in 2010, with possibly another powerful quake measuring 7.4 to 7.6Mw striking its southern boundary.  Kingston, Jamaica could experience a powerful quake with a probability of 65 percent.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,80°W


Earthquake Location map.
Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW. (Click Images to enlarge).


Seismic Hazard Map showing the west side  end of
the Gonave Microplate. USGS/EHP. Click image to enlarge.


Seismic Hazard Map of Haiti Region showing the east side of the Gonave Microplate, which is sandwiched between the North American and the Caribbean Plates .Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW. Click image to enlarge.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 5.8 [EQ magnitude estimated by FEWW: 6.1 Mw – USGS/EHP routinely downgrades earthquakes by about 0.3 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:23:38 UTC
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 09:23:38 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 19.020°N, 80.779°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Region: CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION
  • Distances:
    • 70 km (45 miles) ESE of GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands
    • 305 km (190 miles) WNW of Montego Bay, Jamaica
    • 345 km (215 miles) S of Cienfuegos, Cuba
    • 750 km (465 miles) S of Miami, Florida
    • 880 km WNW of the powerful earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 4.2 km (2.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010rrbc

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Haiti: Let Them Eat High Energy Biscuits

Posted by feww on January 19, 2010

Haiti Quake Disaster Update – Day 7

Bill Clinton’s New Assistant to Help Raise [and Divert] Haiti Quake Relief Funds

Can you believe this?

How could G.W. Bush be pathologically capable of doing good?

As the “former tenants of the White House” Join forces eying quake relief  funds that are being raised for Haiti, a news report confirmed yesterday that up to 40,000 high energy biscuits had been distributed among the two or so million starved residents of Port-au-Prince.

A Brief summary of events on Day 7 of Haiti quake :

Looters and scavengers are attacking any place they can find food, clothes, toys or other goods, then fighting over the loot among themselves.

Hungry, frustrated crowds are swarming locations used by the UN, U.S. military and international relief agencies, pleading for food, water and jobs, Reuters reported. “Jordanian peacekeepers kicked Haitians and fired in the air over a crowd clamoring outside the Port-au-Prince airport, witnesses said.”

Let Them Go Back to Africa

As various countries promised more cash the President of the African country of Senegal suggested that African nations should give Haitians the opportunity to resettle in “the land of their ancestors”.

“Africa should offer Haitians the chance to return home. It is their right,” Wade has reportedly said on his website.

Local media in Senegal quoted the officials as saying the West African country was willing to allocate fertile land to Haitians, Reuters reported.

“We haven’t moved for four days, only God knows how long we can survive like this, but there are no jobs and no houses,”  a single mother with four children, sheltering at one improvised camp said, Reuters reported.

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For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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ESA’s first satellite map of Haiti earthquake

Posted by feww on January 15, 2010

WARNING: Even at High Resolution the OOF Image May Disappoint


High Resolution JPEG (size: 3505 kb)

Satellite map over the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti acquired on 13 January 2010, following a powerful earthquake and several aftershocks that hit the Caribbean nation on 12 January. Processed by SERTIT.  Credits: SERTIT – CNES – International Charter

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For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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Haiti EQ Disaster – Update 15 Jan

Posted by feww on January 15, 2010

Seismic Waves from ‘Heaven’ For Aid Organizations

Despite millions of dollars already donated to Haiti survivors, aid is only trickling in!

Most aid organizations, which at any rate only pass on only about FIVE percent of all donations received, run huge cash deficits because of their overheads, especially 6-figure wages to their executives,  and have to pay off their debts before worrying about mundane things like looking after the injured, starved and homeless victims of disasters.


Workers load some of the thousands of bodies that lie in the General Hospital downtown to transport them to a common grave in Port au Prince, January 14, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/UN Photo/Logan Abassi/Handout. More photos and video at: Haiti Quake Images

FEWW initially estimated the EQ casualties, the dead and the seriously injured, to be  20,000. This estimate was based on shakemaps, the time the quake occurred and several other factors. This estimate might prove to be wildly inaccurate, but that’s the best we’ve got right now.

The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people dead as a result of earthquake.To get such a definitive estimate, “no less than 45,000,” would take days if not weeks of painstaking research. It’s therefore  more likely that their estimate is a political and financially motivated statement. See footnote.

As luck often has it for the aid/charity mafia, however, the Haitian govt has decided the only way to deal with the mounting piles of dead bodies is to unceremoniously bulldoze them into mass graves.

That means no such luxuries as corpse identification, death certificates or even a prayer for the dead. What’s important right now, is to worry about the survivors, especially those still trapped, the injured, the starving and the homeless.

Truck drivers and bulldozer operators would be the only ones who could provide a reliable estimate as to the number of the dead [sic.]

“We have already buried 7,000 in a mass grave,” President Rene Preval said.

It’s not known whether the figure he quoted was an exact number or a rough estimate.

Pat Robertson’s Unparalleled Bigotry

Pat Robertson, the head bigot of American Evangelism, steals the bigotry biscuit, as usual, for making the most egregiously racist and inhuman remark. Robertson was quoted as saying Haiti had been “cursed” because of what he called a “pact with the devil” earlier in its history.

So here’s our question to Mr Robertson:

FEWW believes New York City could be struck by a megaquake (MQ) in the not so distant future.

If the NY MQ were to occur, would you stay faithful to your god and blame the destruction on Bloomberg, his tribe and Mammon?

Haitians react to televangelist Pat Robertson’s ‘devil pact’ remarks

Highlights of News Reports:

  • The survivors are desperate for water, food, medical supplies, lifting equipment and doctors.
  • There’s NO coordinated relief effort, many more trapped in the rubble, which could otherwise be saved, will die.
  • Obama soundbyte: “To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten.”
  • British PM Gordon Brown soundbyte:  ” [Haiti] must become the center of our world’s attention, the world’s compassion and the world’s humanitarian help.”
  • About 1,500 bodies were stacked inside and outside the mortuary by noon local time yesterday,  Reuters reported the director of Port-au-Prince’s general hospital as saying.
  • UNSG  BanKi-moon said it could be days before even an  estimate of the death toll from the quake could be made.

Kudos to Cuban Doctors

  • Cuba’s more than 300 doctors in Haiti stayed on after the earthquake and have continued to treat the injured.

Anger Grows Over Aid Delay

  • Angry survivors have staged protests, blocking roads in Port-au-Prince, reports say.  Two and a half days after the quake tens of thousands of people clamored for water, food and other basic needs. They are desperate for help to dig out their relatives from the ruble.
  • “Please do anything you can, these people have no water, no food, no medicine, nobody is helping us,” Reuters quoted a rescue worker as saying.

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Footnote:
Please help the victims, anyway you can. There are many ways to help the survivors. But donate money only to the organizations that you know and trust.

[If you believe  Pat Robertson’s BS, the victims need your help to break their pact with the devil.]

For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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