geographyalltheway.com

Online Geography Resources

 
MENU

Why was the Haitian Earthquake so deadly?

 
Geography Starter

Starter

 
Haiti Earthquake
Image: Haiti Earthquake, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from unitednationsdevelopmentprogramme's photostream
 
Who was affected by it happening?

Who was affected by the earthquake?

 
UPDATE 1 - Saturday, 16 January 2010: "We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies," Paul Antoine Bien-Aime, Haiti's interior minister told Reuters. "We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number." | Source
 
UPDATE 2 - Monday, 18 January 2010: The leading US general in Haiti has said it is a "reasonable assumption" that up to 200,000 people may have died. Rescuers pulled more people alive from the rubble at the weekend, but at least 70,000 people have already had burials. | Source
 
UPDATE 3 - Wednesday, 10 February 2010: Haiti's government says around 230,000 people died in last month's earthquake, 18,000 more than its previous estimate. The toll from the 12 January quake is approaching that of the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed 250,000 people. | Source
 
Something to think about ...
Why is the death toll from this earthquake so high? Why are the Haitian authorities so unsure of the death toll?
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
Where did it happen?
Where is Haiti and where was the epicentre?
 
Caribbean

Task One

Produce a sketch map of the Caribbean - make sure you have labeled: South America, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Bahamas.

Blank Caribbean Map

 
Caribbean Plate Boundaries
 
Haiti Plate Margins

Task Two

Use the two maps above to add the plate boundaries/margins to your sketch map as well as the names of the tectonic plates involved. Ensure you label the fault upon which the earthquake occurred and the location of the epicentre.
 
Geography Activities

What caused the earthquake to happen?

 
Report a missing video
Report a Missing Video
 

Task Three

Why was Haiti struck by an earthquake?
 

Task Four

Do you disagree with any of the explanation given by the Al Jazeera meteorologist? How would you improve the explanation? What terminology do you think should be used?
 
When did it happened?

When did the earthquake happen?

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:10 PM at epicentre

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:10 UTC

 

Task Five

Add the time of the earthquake to your sketch map.
 

Task Six

Do you think that the death toll was affected by the time of day that the earthquake occurred? Explain your answer fully.
 
Why did it happen?

Why has the death toll been so high?

 

Task Seven

What physical components of the earthquake contributed to the severity of this extreme natural event?
 
Haiti Earthquake Shakemap
 

Task Eight

Add some of the key information from the USGS map above onto your sketch map.
 

Haiti's Level of Development

Development Indicator
Haiti
Norway
Niger
Your Country
Gross Domestic Product per Capita        
Life Expectancy at Birth        
Total Fertility Rate        
Literacy Rate        
 

Task Nine

Copy and complete the above table using the CIA World Factbook as your data source.
 

Task Ten

Using the data from your table describe how developed Haiti is. How might Haiti's level of development have impacted upon the death toll?
 

Haiti's History

Report a missing video
Report a Missing Video
 

Task Eleven

How is Haiti's history a contributing factor to the death toll?
 

Haiti - A Multiple Hazard Location

Report a missing video
Report a Missing Video
 
tooble
Source: Why the Haiti earthquake takes us into new territory for disaster response - Dave's Landslide Blog
Hurricanes that have passed within 200 km of Port-au-Prince in the period since 1980
 

Task Twelve

What is a multiple hazard location? How might the fact that Haiti is a multiple hazard location have impacted the death toll negatively and positively?
 
Geography Review
Homework

Review and Homework Task

 

Task Thirteen

Extended Response Question: Why was the Haitian Earthquake so deadly?
 

geographyalltheway.com - Online Geography and Humanities Resources | Recent Geography


RSS
Follow geographyalltheway.com on Google+
Follow Richard Allaway on twitter
 geographyalltheway.com on facebook
flickr
Contact geographyalltheway.com
© 2006-2014 All Rights Reserved - Author: Richard Allaway | Logout

InThinking geography workshops for IB DP Teachers