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Wooster Geologists Speak on the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

February 11th, 2010

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WOOSTER, OHIO–The Wooster Geology Department faculty spoke today to the campus about the geological framework of the cataclysmic January 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Greg Wiles started with an overview of plate tectonic theory and how the dynamic Earth makes earthquakes inevitable.  Meagen Pollock discussed the mechanics and measurements of earthquakes and why they can cause so much damage.  Shelley Judge explained the particular Caribbean fault system which produced the Haiti earthquake.  Mark Wilson then finished with a review of the historical major earthquakes along that fault zone.  You can view their Haiti Earthquake PowerPoint slide presentation here.