- August 17, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Geography
Context – Haiti is prone to devastating earthquakes.
- Earthquakes have been wreaking havoc in Haiti since at least the 18th century, when the city of Port-au-Prince was destroyed twice in 19 years.
- Haiti is densely populated. Plus, many of its buildings are designed to withstand hurricanes, not earthquakes.
- Haiti sits near the intersection of two plates — the North American plate and the Caribbean plate. Earthquakes can occur when those plates move against each other and create friction.
- Multiple fault lines between those plates cut through or near the island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic