Appeals & Response Plans
Maps & Infographics
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti and Cuba. The interaction with land, however, did not do much to weaken the storm. As of October 6, 2016, Matthew had strengthened and was expected to continue to intensify as it approached the east coast of Florida.
Haiti's steep mountains combined with its tropical rainfall pose a threat for landslides. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010, may have also triggered landslides and shifted earth so that landslides are more likely in the future. This true-color image highlights potential new landslides around the earthquake's epicenter, which is just beyond the edge of the image. The landslides are bright streams of exposed earth that contrast with the dark green plants and tan soil around them.
At 4:53 p.m. local time on January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Besides its strong magnitude, the earthquake's shallow depth of roughly 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) ensured that the densely populated capital suffered violent shaking.
This map shows the topography and tectonic influences in the region of the earthquake. Ocean areas appear in shades of blue, and land areas appear in shades of brown.
Note: Map production date estimated
On September 8, 2008, Hurricane Ike hammered
Cuba, and remained poised to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast in the next few
As Hurricane Ike battered Cuba on September 8, 2008, the rugged island punched back. These two images illustrate just how much Ike changed as it moved across Cuba. Captured by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, the images show rainfall within the storm. Rings of heavy rain, shown in dark red, partly circled a distinct eye on September 7. The rainfall, from TRMM's Precipitation Radar, is overlaid on an image made from visible and infrared data. At the time the image was taken (2:34 p.m.
Just an hour and a half after this image of Hurricane Ike was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on September 7, 2008, the National Hurricane Center released its 2:00 p.m. EDT public advisory, warning residents of Cuba and other Caribbean islands, as well as the Florida Keys, that Ike was a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with winds near 135 mph (215 kilometers per hour), with higher gusts.