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#145: 3 replies on earthquakes
1995 Earthquake. Felt it in National Palace. No one seems phased by it. I
thought explosives were being detenated underground or somewhere. Later
confirmed that it was an earthquake. It was a mild quake but enough to make
For more info on earthquakes check Haiti's office of disaster preparedness
which is under the Ministry of Interior. Also can check US military records
re: 1995 earthquake.
Haiti is traversed by a number of geological faults which are a sources of
earthquakes. Many geologists think that Hispaniola was formed by the
tectonic movement and collision of four smaller land masses: a large land
mass comprising Hispaniola north of the Cul de Sac and its extension into the
Dominican Republic and three smaller land masses that formed the southern
peninsula (La Selle-Burouco, Miragoane-Fonds de Negres & and the SW-Massif de
la Hotte). The collision created faults, the most notable being a large
fault on the north side of the Cul de Sac ending in the Sources Puant near
Route National # 1 near Titayan. There are large fault lines running through
Boutelliers to Pic Macaya, through Fermathe, and through Cap Haitien.
Since I have been in and out of Haiti, I have experienced numerous small
earthquakes and tremors. The small quakes apparently relieve pressure thus
avoiding a major quake. They cause little or no damage, but are
disconcerting. Small peanuts compared to flaming barricades!
Florentin Maurrasse, a Haitian geologist at Florida International University,
can provide you with much better and interesting information.