Warning of future disaster as Haiti marks five years since earthquake

The aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

The aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Image by RIBI Image Library / CC BY 2.0

Five years on from the earthquake that shook Haiti to its foundations, the Caribbean islands have been warned that they remain insufficiently prepared for similar natural disasters in future. Research from the Seismic Research Center (SRC) at the University of the West Indies suggests the region could suffer an earthquake of magnitude greater than 6.0 every three to five years and revealed that the Caribbean is long overdue for an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, with 32 times more energy than the one that wrought devastation on Haiti in 2010. The SRC fears a repeat of the Haiti event if the islands do not collectively act to build resilience, and said that the earthquake in Haiti “should have been the wakeup call for a fundamental shift in regional mechanisms for coping with seismic hazards”. Read more: caribbean360.com

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