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Tectonic Hazards and the Haiti Earthquake

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´╗┐Tectonic Hazards: Earthquakes Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic waves that make the ground shake. When two blocks of rock or two plates are rubbing against each other, they stick a little. They don't just slide smoothly; the rocks catch on each other. The rocks are still pushing against each other, but not moving. After a while, the rocks break because of all the pressure that's built up. When the rocks break, the earthquake occurs. During the earthquake and afterward, the plates or blocks of rock start moving, and they continue to move until they get stuck again. ...read more.


below the surface of the earth. The short term effects of the Haiti earthquake are · Buildings being destroyed, roads and docks. Making it difficult to get aid to the people who need it. Example food, clean drinking water, clothes, cooking utensils, temporally shelters and most importantly drugs and medicines. · Without clean drinking water and dead bodies rotting in the hot sun the risk of life threatening diseases is expected. The long term effects of the Haiti earthquake are · Economic problems of people trying to re build their houses and business without the availability of money to buy such materials. ...read more.


Effects on People after the Haiti Earthquake: The situation in Port-au-Prince is was at a critical point, with rotting corpses began filling the streets. The cries of help that were being heard from the rubble have now been silenced - for many people it is simply too late. Haitians feel very alone at the moment. The promise of aid had not yet materialised and many locals were still digging through the rubble with their hands. Most of the bodies were covered in white bed sheets or rolled inside carpets, but others had been left exposed to the hot sun and the stench of rotting bodies had begun to fill the air. ...read more.

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