Skip to comments.Why did so many people die in Haiti's quake?
Posted on 02/14/2010 6:17:37 PM PST by EnjoyingLife
The devastating earthquakes that hit China on 12 May 2008, Italy on 6 April 2009 and Haiti one month ago [12 January 2010] all measured above 6.0 and took many lives. But why was the human cost so much greater for Haiti?
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Poor construction on buildings.
Being such a rich, advanced and modern country Haiti found its hi-tech systems vulnerable to earthquakes?
Seriously. Its dirt poor. It needs liberty and capitalism, badly.
Plus when you get that high on the rochter scale, concrete basically turns liquid.
Gezzz..They have to ask this question??
poor construction because of the lack of rebar in their buildings......steel costs are high when always imported.
For one thing, it appears their building codes prohibit the use of rebar.
and rampant malnurishment amongst the populace. and lack of training and equipment to pull the injured from the rubble quickly. and the list goes on.
This is a situation with a host of contributing factors, rather than a single over riding factor.
Because we evil capitalist white Americans didn’t give up even more of our paychecks to build quakeproof housing for a noble and deserving third world hellhole.
Because the higher you can inflate the numbers, the more international (U.S) $$$ you can expect.
Yes, you know if you live in LA. The building codes are super strict. They add many dollars to any construction on property.
Strict building codes, no pay offs = safety in earthquake conditions.
They don’t even have a fire department. In the whole country.
I don’t think fire was a big issue. It just reveals the incredible lack of resources in what should be a reasonably wealthy country.
True, for century's
I think its the sphincter factor scale
The dirt they could have used to reinforce their buildings they had to eat to survive.
The Haitians would have been inclined to inflate numbers to increase aid, as you suggest. On the flip side, the Chinese would tend to deflate numbers as a matter of pride.
I want to feel safe when I enter into a building in downtown LA that I will be able to survive and that the buiding will not collapse.
Bingo, I did not see one piece of rebar during ALL of the coverage.
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