2010 Science News of the Year: Earth

By Science News, 15:51 PM December 16, 2010

People walking through streets in post-earthquake Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Credit: Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Getty Images

Inside the Haiti quake
Some 230,000 Haitians died when a magnitude-7 earthquake struck just outside Port-au-Prince on the afternoon of January 12. Scientists from around the world scrambled to the scene (SN Online: 1/16/10) to assess which fault had ruptured and whether more people were at risk. Early ideas held that the quake had broken along the well-known Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault, which divides the Caribbean and North American tecto...

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