Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - 10 km southeast of Léogâne, Leyogàn, Département de l'Ouest, Haiti, on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - 10 km southeast of Léogâne, Leyogàn, Département de l\'Ouest, Haiti, on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 13 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
2010 Haiti quake was one of the deadliest in history
The catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, was one of the deadliest in history, with conservative estimates of fatalities ranging from 100,000-160,000, while the Haitian government indicated figures from 220,000-316,000.
In terms of fatalities, it was only surpassed by a devastating quake in China in 1556, which is believed to have killed about 830,000.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Léogâne, Ouest department, approximately 25 km (16 mi) west of the capital Port-au-Prince.
The quake affected about 3 million people, damaged or destroyed an estimated 250,000 houses and 30,000 commercial buildings. It severely affected the country's economy already in great difficulty, and which has not fully recovered during the years after the quake.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Jan 12, 2010 21:53:10 UTC
Magnitude: 7
Depth: 13.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.443°N / 72.571°W (Leyogàn, Département de l'Ouest, Haiti)
Antipode: 18.443°S / 107.429°E
Nearest volcano: Morne la Vigie (48 km / 30 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
10 km (6 mi) SE of Leogane (Ouest) (pop: 134,200) --> See nearby quakes!
12 km (7 mi) SSW of Gressier (Ouest) (pop: 25,900) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) E of Grande Goave (Ouest) (pop: 49,300) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) WSW of Carrefour (Ouest) (pop: 442,200) --> See nearby quakes!
24 km (15 mi) N of Jacmel (Sud-Est) (pop: 138,000) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) WSW of Port-au-Prince (Ouest) (pop: 1,234,700) --> See nearby quakes!
30 km (19 mi) WSW of Delmas 73 (Ouest) (pop: 382,900) --> See nearby quakes!
31 km (19 mi) E of Petit-Goave (Ouest) (pop: 117,500) --> See nearby quakes!
31 km (19 mi) WSW of Pétionville (Ouest) (pop: 283,100) --> See nearby quakes!
283 km (176 mi) W of Santo Domingo (Nacional, Dominican Republic) (pop: 2,201,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.013 kmHaiti regionUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (155 quakes)

  • 14 Nov 2011 11:53 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    37.6 km (23.4 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Jul 2011 01:19 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jun 2011 14:06 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 May 2011 22:51 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Mar 2011 09:14 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    13.8 km (8.6 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Jan 2011 02:39 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Nov 2010 16:59 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Sep 2010 04:33 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Sep 2010 11:22 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    50 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Aug 2010 11:45 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Jul 2010 07:01 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    146 km (91 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jul 2010 08:22 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    152 km (95 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 May 2010 10:24 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    156 km (97 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 May 2010 20:36 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 May 2010 06:34 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 May 2010 00:47 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (19 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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