News Release

Magnitude 7.0 HAITI REGION
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:10 UTC

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred IN HAITI, about 15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE at 3:53 PM MDT, Jan 12, 2010 (4:53 PM EST in Haiti). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

According to official estimates, 222,517 people killed, 300,000 injured, 1.1 million displaced, 97,294 houses destroyed and 188,383 damaged in the Port-au-Prince area and in much of southern Haiti. At least 4 people killed by a local tsunami in the Petit Paradis area near Leogane. Tsunami waves were also reported at Jacmel, Les Cayes, Petit Goave, Leogane, Luly and Anse-a-Galets. The tsunami had recorded wave heights (peak-to-trough) of 12 cm at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and 2 cm at Christiansted, US Virgin Islands. Uplift was observed along the coast from Leogane to L'Acul and subsidence was observed along the coast from Grand Trout to Port Royal. Felt (VII) at Port-au-Prince and Petionville and (V) at Vieux-Bourg-d'Acquin and Port-de-Paix. Felt (V) at La Vega, Moca and San Cristobal; (IV) at Puerto Plata, Santiago, Santo Domingo and Sosua, Dominican Republic. Felt throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Felt (III) at Oranjestad, Aruba; (IV) at Santiago de Cuba and (III) at Guantanamo, Cuba; (II) in the Kingston-Mona area, Jamaica; (III) at Cockburn Harbour and (II) at Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands; (II) at Caracas, Venezuela. Felt in parts of The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and as far as southern Florida, northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver