Skip to comments.Strong 6.1 earthquake strikes Haiti
Posted on 01/20/2010 5:53:42 AM PST by myknowledge
Port-au-Prince has been hit by a strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the moment magnitude scale, eight days after the Haitian capital was razed by a 7.0 tremor.
The quake struck 59 kilometres west of the city, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
It followed the much more powerful quake on January 12 that is thought to have killed up to 200,000 people.
Witnesses say the latest tremor sent people who were camping out in the capital's streets running away from crumbled buildings in panic.
Residents reported a low vibration followed by a brief but more powerful rumbling shake at 6:03am (local time).
There are no immediate signs of damage or casualties, but a crashing sound could be heard suggesting that an already-damaged building may have collapsed.
In nearby Petionville, witnesses said the quake was felt for around 10 seconds.
The USGS initially measured the latest quake at 6.0. It struck at a depth of 9.9 kilometres.
The quake occurred as reports surfaced of the rescue of a three-week-old baby girl from the rubble of a house destroyed last week.
French rescuers found the girl in a hollow beneath the ruins of the house in Jacmel, a town in the south of the island nation, after spending five hours trying the get through to her.
The baby's uncle told a local radio station that the girl, Elisabeth, was 23 days old.
The station reported she was in a healthy condition and did not appear wounded and had been taken to an American field hospital nearby.
The United Nations says more than 120 people have been rescued by international teams from the debris of collapsed buildings since last week's quake.
Another quake has struck Haiti again, this time a bit less intense than the first.
A 3 weelk old baby survived for a week without any nutrition ???
That’s a miracle from God
I cannot imagine anything worse than being trapped in rubble, unless it was burning.
Wow, 6.1 is still pretty strong. Are after-shocks usually that strong?
Aftershocks can vary in intensity. This one was the strongest so far.
The “Richter Scale” is logarithmic. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake is 10 times as energetic as a 6.1 magnitude earthquake.
No, I am absolutely positive that you are mistaken. On the Richter Scale, a 7.3 earthquake is at least a hundred times MORE powerful than this 6.1 aftershock quake. I don't have time to find the actual scale used to explain how the Richter Scale works, but there is NO way that this little 6.1 is "a bit less" than the massive huge magnitude 7.3 -- there is simply no comparison.
A technicality ~ one place that doesn't need more quakes is Haiti.
It appears the entire Caribbean plate is subducting or something.
This could all get very much worse.