Why an Earthquake in Haiti

Why an Earthquake in Haiti

I was living in the center of Port-au-Prince, Haiti five days before the Earthquake. Travelers luck saved my life; I am now on the other side of the Island. Would it be safer if I went to Guatemala? Maybe I should move to another crack, there are many.

Why Haiti
Planet Earth is full of cracks; Port-au-Prince, Haiti is sitting on a crack.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Wednesday, January 20, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
Travel Gear

The center of the earth is molten lava, and the crust of the earth floats on top of this lava. Like a frozen lake thawing in the spring, there are cracks.

This map above shows the major and minor cracks. My mother wants me to leave the Dominican Republic, I am too close to Haiti, and I am about 144 miles away from Port-au-Prince. I am not worried, but I am curious, am I sitting on the crack?

I do not want to sit on a crack between the two couches, it may move. I tried to find a great map of the cracks in the Island of Hispaniola that have on it two countries, Haiti and Dominican Republic. I could not find a map.

Is the city of Sosua, Dominican Republic sitting on top of one of these cracks?

I am sure the Dominican Republic insiders know a lot of crack in Sosua, and I am sure readers can make some smart cracks about this place.

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There is a travelers story saying, “Here be Dragons,” the land of thoughts a traveler cannot hope to understand or explain. For myself, I do not worry, or think about Dragons, the real ones are challenging enough, with no need to allow my fantasies to create backups.

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Why an Earthquake in Haiti


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Mom- I do not know anything about that crack that makes earthquakes But I do know life is too short to live the same day twice. You barely made it out of Haiti before the quake and do you want to do the same thing once again in the Domican Republic

Geological structures are much larger than the 144 miles you are from Port au Prince, Haiti. With over 85 aftershocks in Haiti since the 7.3 earthquake there is no guarantee that a similar catastrophic event may not occur on Hispanola before the always present possibility of a hurricane raking the island through May-Aug. after your rainy season ends.

We had about a 5.3 earthquake in Guatemala earlier this week but there was no damage or injuries and none since or earlier. Figure it safe enough considering I am living within the caldera of a super volcano which erupted (only 650,000 years ago). Very scenic. Great weather, few tourists, ma barato.

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