Primary Color:
Primary Text:
Secondary Color:
Secondary Text:
Tertiary Color:
Tertiary Text:
Color Picker
Preview
FeaturesTypographyTutorials
Module Title
Home
Module Title

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut non turpis a nisi pretium rutrum. Nullam congue, lectus a aliquam pretium, sem urna tempus justo, malesuada consequat nunc diam vel justo. In faucibus elit at purus. Suspendisse dapibus lorem. Curabitur luctus mauris.

Module Title
Module Title
Instructions

Select a predefined style from the drop-down or choose your own colors via the handy mooRainbow based color-chooser. When you are satisfied with your selection, click the "Apply Colors" button below to store your selection in a cookie.

Apply Colors

Search


Facebook_icon_64 Twitter-icon_64

Translate this page

Bridging the Haitian Earthquake to STEM Tools of Compassion and Hope PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:59

As we all are aware, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. With its strong magnitude and shallow depth of roughly 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles), this was the worst to earthquake to strike this region in decades and possibly the worst in a century.7.0 Quake Near Port Au Prince

NASA's Earth Observatory team uses the topography map shown to the right to illustrate tectonic influences in the region of the earthquake. Ocean areas appear in shades of blue, and land areas appear in shades of brown. The USGS reported that the earthquakes occurred along the boundary between the Caribbean and North America plates. The two tectonic plates meet at a strike-slip fault, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward with respect to the North America plate.  According to news reports, schools, hospitals, government buildings, aid centers, and homes collapsed. Survivors scrambled to rescue trapped friends and family members without the benefits of electricity or phone service while more than 30 aftershocks rocked the area.

And yet as this picture from the Haitian Project, Inc. shows, “School is back, or at least a version of it.”  An earlier update from the Haitian Project reported, that their staff have been in communication with structural engineers in the U.S. who have advised school officials as to the integrity and habitability of school buildings.

HaitianProjectUpdate13In terms of understanding and illustrating the tectonic forces behind the earthquake using satellite imagery and in helping people and communities on the ground, STEM leaders and innovators provide critical expertise to helping people and saving lives.

Read more...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:29