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Hurricane Tomas Near Cuba and Haiti

14.3N 69.3W

November 5th, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Tomas (21L) - November 5th, 2010

Track of TS 21L

As of 5 a.m. AST (0900 UTC) November 5, Hurricane Tomas is located within 15 nautical miles of 18.1°N 74.9°W, about 145 mi (235 km) south of Guantánamo, Cuba and about 175 mi (280 km) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The main image shows some convection on the east side of the hurricane, while the entire system can be observed in the animated image.

Maximum sustained winds are 70 knots (80 mph, 130 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 984 mbar (hPa; 29.06 InHg), and the system is moving northeast at 8 kt (9 mph, 15 km/h).

Hurricane force winds extend up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center of Tomas, and tropical storm force winds up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.

Cuba, Haiti and Other Caribbean Islands

18.5N 72.3W

February 11th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Cuba and Haiti - January 25th, 2010

Cuba and Haiti - January 25th, 2010

Many Caribbean islands can be observed here, including the island-nations of Cuba (left), Jamaica (below) and Haiti (right), as well as some islands of the Bahamas (above) and the Turks and Caicos (above, far right).

The Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince, affected by a devastating earthquake about three weeks ago, is located on the shores of the Port-au-Prince Bay along the right edge of the image. The earthquake struck in the most populated area of the country, and the International Red Cross announced that as many as 3 million people had been affected by the quake.

On 28 January the Haitian government gave a confirmed death toll of 170,000, with many more thousands dead in the rubble and outside the capital, and not including unreported bodies buried by relatives. Haitian authorities also estimated that 300,000 had been injured and as many as one million Haitians were left homeless.

Aftershocks Affect Port-au-Prince and Petit-Goâve, Haiti – January 24th, 2010

January 24th, 2010 Category: Earthquakes, Image of the day

Haiti - January 20th, 2010

Haiti - January 20th, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the shores of Port-au-Prince Bay. A massive earthquake occurred inland, on 12 January 2010, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west-southwest from Port-au-Prince at a depth of 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) at 16:53 UTC-5 on the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded six aftershocks in the two hours after the main earthquake. The aftershocks were at magnitudes of approximately 5.9, 5.5, 5.1, 4.5, and 4.5. Within the first nine hours 26 aftershocks of magnitude 4.2 or greater were recorded, 12 of which were magnitude 5.0 or greater.

On 20 January at 11:03 UTC, the date this image was taken, the strongest aftershock since the earthquake, measuring magnitude 5.9 Mw, struck Haiti. The U.S. Geological Survey reported its epicentre was about 56 kilometres (35 miles) WSW of Port-au-Prince, which would place it almost exactly under the city of Petit-Goâve. A UN representative reported that the aftershock collapsed seven buildings in Petit-Goâve.

Workers from the charity Save the Children reported hearing “already weakened structures collapsing”  but most sources report no further significant damage to infrastructure in Port-au-Prince. Further casualties are thought to be minimal because people had been sleeping in the open.

Earthquake Strikes Léogâne and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

18.5N 72.3W

January 21st, 2010 Category: Earthquakes

Haiti - January 19th, 2010

Haiti - January 19th, 2010

A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, January 12th, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

The 2010 Haitian earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake. Its epicentre was near Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Port-au-Prince can be seen along the shores of the Port-au-Prince Bay near the center of this orthorectified image, taken one week after the catastrophe.

The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, at a depth of 13 km (8.1 miles). The United States Geological Survey recorded a series of at least 33 aftershocks, 14 of which were between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9.

The International Red Cross estimated that about three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian Interior Minister, Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé, anticipated on 15 January that the disaster would claim between 100,000 and 200,000 lives. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive announced that by 18 January over 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves.

The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace (President René Préval survived), the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed and the Mission’s Chief, Hédi Annabi, his deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa, and the acting police commissioner were confirmed dead.