The Haiti Earthquake : Engineering And Human Perspectives Essay

858 Words Aug 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The Haiti Earthquake: Engineering and Human Perspectives The year 2016 marked six years since the Haiti Earthquake occurred. The 2010 Haiti earthquake led to the loss of over 200,000 lives. It further led to the displacement of millions of people. There was further destruction of thousands of properties. Essentially, the earthquake was a major catastrophe. The Earthquake which is projected to have had a magnitude of 7.0 Mw took place on 12th January, 2010. The Earthquake was followed by over 30 aftershocks which exacerbated the already deplorable situation. An earthquake can be defined as a major tremor on the surface of the Earth. When earthquakes occur, the ground shakes, opens up to swallow structures that are erected on the surface of the earth. Earthquakes are caused by slips on the faults. The Earth’s surface comprises components known as Tectonic plates. Tectonic plates are the divisions of the Earth’s outer layer. These tectonic plates are in constant motion. They move towards, away, past and between each other. Every once in a while, stresses resulting from the movement of the plates causes disintegration of the rocks that are found on the upper crust of the Earth’s surface (USGS n.p.). The waves of energy released are known as the seismic waves.
Earthquakes have different magnitudes. Magnitudes are employed to measure the degree of seismic waves released on the surface of the Earth. The magnitude is a reflection of the amount of shaking in objects in the…

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