Port-au-Prince Earthquake

Ramiro Aznar Ballarin February 2010

Index
• Causes • Effects and consequences • Sustainable Reconstruction? • Discussion

CAUSES

15 Km

8.3 Km

Sedimentology
alluvial soils

Port-au-Prince Lake Enriquillo Neiba Bahia

History

EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES

Ground shaking

Liquefaction

Local tsunami

Thousands of dead, injured and missing people

SUSTAINABLE RECONSTRUCTION?

Land-use planning and resilient buildings

Community resilience

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep that have taken hold.”

FRODO BAGGINS, Return of the King

Prerequisite

“Haiti, with 76 per cent of its population below the poverty line, paid $60 to $80 million a year in debt service over the last decade” SASKIA SASSEN (global city theorist)

DISCUSSION

Questions
• Haiti is a country prone to natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes…). Should people continue to live there? • Should be the model of (sustainable) development be equal for all countries and communities?

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