2018 Haiti earthquake

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2018 Haiti earthquake
2018 Haiti earthquake is located in Haiti
2018 Haiti earthquake
UTC time 2018-10-07 00:11:49
ISC event 612859364
Local date October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
Local time 19:11:49 (UTC−05:00)
Magnitude 5.9 Mww
Depth 24.0 km (15 mi)
Epicenter 20°02′28″N 72°58′30″W / 20.041°N 72.975°W / 20.041; -72.975Coordinates: 20°02′28″N 72°58′30″W / 20.041°N 72.975°W / 20.041; -72.975
Areas affected Haiti, Dominican Republic
Max. intensity VII
Tsunami No
Aftershocks 2
  • 17 dead
  • 427 injured[1]

On October 6, 2018, at approximately 8:11 p.m, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck 19 kilometers northwest of Port-de-Paix, Haiti.[2] The earthquake damaged structures and killed at least 17 people.[1]

The earthquake was the strongest to hit Haiti since January 12, 2010,[3] not including the aftershocks of the 2010 earthquake, and the shaking was felt as far away as Port-au-Prince.[4]

Tectonic setting[edit]

Haiti lies at the boundary between the Caribbean Plate and North American Plate. Movement across this boundary is partitioned across several major structures. The major left-lateral strike slip fault zones of the Septentrional-Oriente fault zone and the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone together accommodate the lateral component of this movement. North of Haiti, the overall deformation is transpressional in nature and an additional structure, the North Hispaniola Fault, a major thrust zone, takes up the component of convergence at a rate of 5 mm per year.[5]


The earthquake caused part of a school to collapse in Gros-Morne,[6] damaged the façade of the Paroisse St. Michel A De Plaisance church in Plaisance,[7] caused a cultural center to collapse in Gros-Morne,[8] damaged a holding cell at the Police Nationale d'Haiti Commissariat de Port-de-Paix in Port-de-Paix,[9] allowing several detainees to escape,[8] caused an auditorium to collapse in Gros-Morne,[4] damaged several classrooms at San Gabriel National School in Gros-Morne,[6] and destroyed houses in the communes of Chansolme,[9] Gros-Morne,[10] Plaisance,[7] and Port-de-Paix as well as on the island of Tortuga.[10]

Overall, at total of 353 houses were destroyed and a further 7,430 were damaged.[1]


The earthquake killed at least 17 people and about 427 people were injured. Nine of the deaths occurred in Port-de-Paix, seven in Gros-Morne and one in Saint-Louis du Nord.[1]


President Jovenel Moïse instructed residents to stay calm and stated that authorities would be responding to those who need help.[11]

Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant said that a cabinet had been created to help organize the emergency response.[12]

The day after the earthquake, President Moïse visited Port-de-Paix de oversee the recovery efforts.[13]


There have been two aftershocks since the initial earthquake struck. A magnitude 5.2 event occurred nearly 20 hours after the mainshock, with another magnitude 4.2 event happening about 5 hours later.[1]

In the first 8 months of 2018, there were 26 earthquakes between the magnitudes of 2.9 and 4.6 recorded.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (October 9, 2018). "Haiti: 2018 earthquake Situation report No.3" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Earthquake Event Page". USGS. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Evans, Natalie (October 7, 2018). "Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Haiti causing injuries". Mirror. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Mackie, Thomas (October 7, 2018). "Haiti earthquake: Port-au-Prince SHAKES as 5.8 magnitude quake rocks ring of fire island | World | News | Express.co.uk". Express. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Calais E.; Mazabraud Y.; de Lépinay B.M.; Mann P.; Mattioli G.; Jansma P. (2002). "Strain partitioning and fault slip rates in the northeastern Caribbean from GPS measurements" (PDF). Geophysical Research Letters. 29 (18). doi:10.1029/2002GL015397.
  6. ^ a b "Strong aftershock rattles north Haiti day after deadly quake". The Washington Post. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Haiti earthquake: Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes near Port-de-Paix, causing injuries". Financial Express. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Charles, Jacqueline; Madan, Monique O. (October 6, 2018). "Deaths and injuries confirmed in Haiti earthquake". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Mullin, Gemma (October 7, 2018). "Haiti hit by 5.9 magnitude earthquake leaving '11 dead and several injured'". The Sun. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "M5.9 quake shakes northern Haiti". The Washington Post. October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "At Least 11 Dead In Haiti Earthquake: Officials". NDTV. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  12. ^ Almasy, Steve; Cullinane, Susannah; Mazloumsaki, Sara; Silva Fernandez, Daniel (October 7, 2018). "Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northern Haiti". CNN. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Dominguez, Claudia; Yan, Holly (7 October 2018). "Another deadly earthquake in Haiti kills at least 12 people". CNN. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

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