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18 Feb 2010 description


A field reconnaissance in Haiti by a five-member team with expertise in seismology and earthquake engineering has revealed a number of factors that led to catastrophic losses of life and property during the January 12, 2010, Mw = 7.0 earthquake. The field study was conducted January 26 - February 3, 2010, and included investigations in Port-au-Prince and the heavily damaged communities to the west, including Léogâne, Grand Goâve, Petite Goâve, and Oliver.


13 Feb 2010 description

By Craig Cole,S.E.


This paper presents my observations, a structural engineer who arrived in Haiti the evening of February 11th, 2010 to assist where my expertise could best be put to use. In the two days I have been here I have gathered a variety of information on the housing problem in Haiti. In this paper I present my current understanding of various groups large and small, highly organized, and trying to get organized around the issue of housing. A key element is that housing is only one of many key issues that need immediate attention.

11 Feb 2010 description


World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are working with ImageCat and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to produce high precision aerial imagery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding areas following the 12 January 2010 M7.0 earthquake. This data was initially used to support relief efforts and is now being used to support damage analysis.