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Earthquake in Haiti


A major earthquake struck Haiti at 8:29 a.m. local time on August 14, 2021. The quake had a magnitude of 7.2 MW. At least 2,207 people died as a result of the quake,[1] and 12,268 were injured, some seriously[1] The effects of the earthquake were exacerbated by tropical depression Grace, which brought heavy rains to Haiti two days after the earthquake.

epicenter of the quake was located about 37 kilometers northeast of the major city of Les Cayes and 125 kilometers west of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. The hypocenter is located at a depth of 10 kilometers. The quake occurred on the Enriquillo-Plantain-Garden fault, in the vicinity of which the earthquake of January 12, 2010 had also oc-curred, killing more than 200,000 people.

The quake was also felt in Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Several aftershocks with magnitudes above 5 MW occurred.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake reached a level IX intensity on the Modified Mercallis Scale. According to initial reports, several hundred people were killed, many buildings collapsed or were damaged, and hospitals were over-whelmed by the onslaught of injured people. The departments of Sud, Grand’Anse and Nippes and the towns of Les Cayes, Jérémie and Anse-à-Veau were particularly hard hit. Contact with Petit-Trou-de-Nippes was interrupted by destroyed telephone lines. Roads were damaged, and the main road between Les Cayes and Jérémie was rendered im-passable by a landslide. Only minor damage occurred in the capital Port-au-Prince.

According to the latest situation report from the Haitian Disaster Mitigation Agency (DGPC), as of August 21, 2,207 people are dead, 12,268 are injured, some seriously, and 344 are missing. 52,953 houses are considered destroyed, 77,006 damaged. According to government figures, at least 650,000 people in the departments of Sud, Grand’Anse and Nippes are in need of emergency humanitarian aid. This corresponds to around 40 percent of the population there.

According to the USGS, an area >100 km² with a relatively high population density is af-fected by possible ground liquefaction (ground liquefaction can occur as a result of strong shaking of water-saturated, mostly sandy soil layers by an earthquake).

On August 16, Haiti was hit by tropical depression Grace, which exacerbated the effects of the earthquake with heavy rainfall. Warnings were issued for widespread rainfall of 125 to 250 liters/m², with local levels up to about 375 liters/m². Because Haiti is heavily defor-ested, it is particularly vulnerable to mudslides and landslides as a result of heavy rainfall.

“Haiti earthquake 2021” page. In: Wikipedia – The free encyclopedia.
Edited 21 October 2021, 21:09 UTC. URL: https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Erdbeben_in_Haiti_2021&oldid=216570107
(Retrieved: December 14, 2021, 01:42 UTC).


Reliable local groups with whom relationships have existed for many years are providing or have provided earthquake relief to families thanks to your donations.

This meant that we were able to forward the donations in full via the fastest possible route, having reached appropriate agreements with all our partners in order to also meet the requirements of the financial supervisory authority.

For two reasons we had decided to distribute the donations among several partners. First, this way more people can benefit from the donations at the same time and second, some have reported a big problem: Namely, roadblocks and robberies are increasing in many parts of Haiti. Criminal groups are robbing the transports to the crisis areas. By dis-tributing the aid among different groups, the risk of a total loss was almost eliminated.


Map of the affected southern region in Haiti and locations of project partners:

A) Biohaus-Stiftung

$13,000 to be used with its partners including Haiti Projet Education and Fondation St. Luc.

B) Locally Haiti

$3,000 to build shelters in Petit Trou de Nippes / Titrou for two families.

C) Amis de Fond des Blancs

$1,300 for shelter for a family in Fond des Blancs.

D) Diyite

1,000 for medical assistance to affected women of the microcredit project in Camp Perrin.

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