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FY 2011

Coastal impacts by the 12 January 2010 earthquake and tsunamis in Haiti

Fritz, H.M., J.V. Hillaire, E. Molière, F. Mohammed, and Y. Wei

In Proceedings of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference 2011, ASCE Conf. Proc., Anchorage, AK, 26–29 June, 2011 (2011)

On 12 January 2010 a magnitude Mw 7.0 earthquake occurred 25 km west-southwest of Haiti's Capital of Port-au-Prince, which resulted in more than 230,000 fatalities thereby more than doubling any previous loss of life from a similar size earthquake. In addition tsunami waves triggered by the earthquake caused at least 3 fatalities at Petit Paradis. The international tsunami survey team (ITST) was deployed within days of the event and covered the greater Bay of Port-au-Prince and more than 100 km of Hispaniola's southern coastline. Field observations are compared to numerical modeling results.

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