2021 Haiti Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar

October 13, 2021, 11:00am–12:30 PM, Pacific Time

This EERI Learning from Earthquakes webinar provided a multi-disciplinary overview of preliminary observations from the M7.2 August 14, 2021 Haiti Earthquake. The earthquake caused widespread damage in the Nippes and Sud Departments, including the Port town of Les Cayes. This earthquake occurred 11 years after the deadly M7.0 2010 earthquake that hit closer to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. While the epicenter of the August earthquake was located more than 40 miles west of the densely populated capital area, casualties in the affected communities still numbered over 2,200 with more than 10,000 reported injured. The area also faced the additional challenge of Tropical Depression Grace, which made landfall two days after the earthquake, and whose strong winds and heavy rains hampered response and recovery efforts. The webinar covered the earthquake seismology, the humanitarian response, and scientific, engineering, social, and political impacts.

Speakers include:

  • Maggie Ortiz-Millan, Senior Program Manager, EERI
  • Sue Hough, Geophysicist, USGS
  • Lindsey Davis, Earthquake Disaster Assistance Team (EDAT) Manager,
    USGS and USAID Earthquake Disaster Assistance Team
  • Kate Allstadt, Research Geophysicist, USGS
  • Shideh Dashti, Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, University of Colorado, Boulder; GEER
  • Joanne Pérodin, MPH; Doctoral Candidate, Florida International University
  • Gefthé Dévilmé, Field Officer, GeoHazards International
  • Tracy Kijewski-Correa Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor,
    University of Notre Dame; Director, StEER Network