Tragedy, once again struck on October 17, 2018 when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 hit Port-de-Paix with a death toll of 18 and 580 injuries.
This brings us to this year, when in August, a 7.2 earthquake hit the country killing 2,248 so far and an estimated 12,763 injuries.
“Well, Haiti is a country that’s very prone to earthquakes, and even though Haiti isn’t known for having the biggest earthquakes in the world, Haiti is probably one fo the worst places in the world for an earthquake to happen. It’s a very crowded country and the buildings are built very poorly,” said Gavin Rivera, a junior.
Now many Haitians are seeking refuge in the United States. An estimated 15,000 Hatian migrants were found camping on the Texas-Mexico Border. Many of these migrants have begun moving south of the border into Mexico, due to being expelled by the United States government. The U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigned shortly after.
Haiti is prone to earthquakes due to where the country is situated on the tectonic plates. The Earth is made up of tectonic plates that move around, sometimes causing Earthquakes. Haiti happens to be right next to the intersection of two plates; The North American plate and the Caribbean plate.
Many fault lines are on these plates and they cut near and even right through the island of Hispaniola. The fault lines near Haiti are especially prone to earthquakes because they move in two different directions, smashing against each other.
Earthquakes in Haiti can be additionally tragic due to a lack of earthquake secure infrastructure. Many buildings collapse from earthquakes because of poor building techniques and a lack of security from earthquakes.
Haiti did not have a lot of time to repair its infrastructure from the 2018 Earthquake, making this earthquake especially disastrous.
“It also happened in 2010, where the exact peninsula was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake,” said Lohren Edmondson, a college student at Collin County Community College.
Hopefully before the next earthquake inevitably hits, Haiti can predict and be better prepared before the disaster.