Now Available: Special Issue of Earthquake Spectra on the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

The special issue Earthquake Spectra on the January 2010 Haiti earthquake is now available online at Members have access to all online articles as a benefit. Nonmembers can access the abstracts of all articles from the link above and can purchase PDFs of individual articles for $25. Nonmembers can also purchase the printed version of the entire issue for $50 from The printed version is $30 for EERI members.

This publication was supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

Edited by Reginald DesRoches of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Mary Comerio of the University of California, Berkeley, the 507-page issue begins with an introductory article that provides an overview of the historical, seismological, geotechnical, structural, lifeline-related, and socioeconomic factors that contributed to the catastrophe, as well as the many challenges that must be overcome to enable Haiti to recover. Detailed analyses of these issues are presented in the subsequent 23 papers, divided into four major topics: (1) seismology and geotechnical aspects, (2) damage assessment, (3) buildings and infrastructure, and (4) social impacts.

Never before has an earthquake so devastated not only the physical infrastructure, but also the institutions and government of a country. This disaster, perhaps more than any other in recent history, illustrated the role of social vulnerability in a natural disaster. However, one year after the earthquake there are hopeful signs of coordination between the Haitian government, NGOs, and religious organizations, and progress is being made. Haiti’s long-term recovery depends on providing basic services that require a functioning government public sector. Among the major tasks still to be accomplished for a safe and sustainable recovery are issues of debris removal and reuse, building material quality, building construction guidelines and enforcement, restrictions on zoning, resolution of land tenure issues, and planning for the location of lifeline buildings and infrastructure. Building capacity at all levels—technical, institutional, and governmental—will be required to put Haiti on a new path of economic growth and social justice.

This issue provides crucial information for the diverse professions engaged in earthquake loss reduction—civil, geotechnical, mechanical, and structural engineers; earth scientists; architects; city planners; emergency responders; public officials; social scientists; and researchers.


Online Table of Contents:


Overview of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Reginald DesRoches, Mary Comerio, Marc Eberhard, Walter Mooney, and Glenn J. Rix
pp. S1-S21

Seismic Hazard Maps for Haiti
Arthur Frankel, Stephen Harmsen, Charles Mueller, Eric Calais, and Jennifer Haase
pp. S23-S41

Geotechnical Aspects of Failures at Port-au-Prince Seaport during the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Russell A. Green, Scott M. Olson, Brady R. Cox, Glenn J. Rix, Ellen Rathje, Jeff Bachhuber, James French, Samuel Lasley, and Nathaniel Martin
pp. S43-S65

Shear Wave Velocity- and Geology-Based Seismic Microzonation of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Brady R. Cox, Jeff Bachhuber, Ellen Rathje, Clinton M. Wood, Ranon Dulberg, Albert Kottke, Russell A. Green, and Scott M. Olson
pp. S67-S92

Documenting Liquefaction and Lateral Spreading Triggered by the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Scott M. Olson, Russell A. Green, Samuel Lasley, Nathaniel Martin, Brady R. Cox, Ellen Rathje, Jeff Bachhuber, and James French
pp. S93-S116

Damage Patterns in Port-au-Prince during the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Ellen M. Rathje, Jeff Bachhuber, Ranon Dulberg, Brady R. Cox, Albert Kottke, Clinton Wood, Russell A. Green, Scott Olson, Donald Wells, and Glenn Rix
pp. S117-S136

Site Characterization and Site Response in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Susan E. Hough, Alan Yong, Jean Robert Altidor, Dieuseul Anglade, Doug Given, and Saint-Louis Mildor
pp. S137-S155

Validating Assessments of Seismic Damage Made from Remote Sensing
Edmund Booth, Keiko Saito, Robin Spence, Gopal Madabhushi, and Ronald T. Eguchi
pp. S157-S177

Crowdsourcing for Rapid Damage Assessment: The Global Earth Observation Catastrophe Assessment Network (GEO-CAN)
Shubharoop Ghosh, Charles K. Huyck, Marjorie Greene, Stuart P. Gill, John Bevington, Walter Svekla, Reginald DesRoches, and Ronald T. Eguchi
pp. S179-S198

Comparison of Damage Assessment Maps Derived from Very High Spatial Resolution Satellite and Aerial Imagery Produced for the Haiti 2010 Earthquake
Christina Corbane, Daniela Carrion, Guido Lemoine, and Marco Broglia
pp. S199-S218

Massive Damage Assessment Program and Repair and Reconstruction Strategy in the Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
H. Kit Miyamoto, Amir S. J. Gilani, and Ken Wong
pp. S219-S237

Interactive On-Site and Remote Damage Assessment for Urban Search and Rescue
Solveig Thorvaldsdóttir, Erlendur Birgisson, and Ragnar Sigbjornsson
pp. S239-S250

Effects of the January 2010 Haitian Earthquake on Selected Electrical Equipment
B. J. Goodno, N. C. Gould, P. Caldwell, and P. L. Gould
pp. S251-S276

Haiti Building Failures and a Replicable Building Design for Improved Earthquake Safety
Lisa Holliday and Hank Grant
pp. S277-S297

Assessment of Residential Housing in Léogâne, Haiti, and Identification of Needs for Rebuilding after the January 2010 Earthquake
Dustin Mix, Tracy Kijewski-Correa, and Alexandros A. Taflanidis
pp. S299-S322

Recipe for Disaster: Construction Methods, Materials, and Building Performance in the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Justin D. Marshall, Anna F. Lang, Steven M. Baldridge, and Daniel R. Popp
pp. S323-S343

Devil in the Details: Success and Failure of Haiti‘s Nonengineered Structures
Anna F. Lang and Justin D. Marshall
pp. S345-S372

Measures of the Seismic Vulnerability of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Haiti
Patrick O’Brien, Marc Eberhard, Olafur Haraldsson, Ayhan Irfanoglu, David Lattanzi, Steven Lauer, and Santiago Pujol
pp. S373-S386

Seismic Performance of Port de Port-au-Prince during the Haiti Earthquake and Post-Earthquake Restoration of Cargo Throughput
Stuart Werner, Nason McCullough, William Bruin, Alex Augustine, Glenn Rix, Brian Crowder, and Joshua Tomblin
pp. S387-S410

Transition from Response to Recovery: A Knowledge Commons to Support Decision Making Following the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Louise K. Comfort, Brian McAdoo, Patricia Sweeney, Sam Stebbins, Michael D. Siciliano, Leonard J. Huggins, Ted Serrant, Steve Scheinert, Jared Augenstein, and Nicole Krenitsky
pp. S411-S430

Community-Scale Damage, Disruption, and Early Recovery in the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Arleen Hill, John Bevington, Rachel Davidson, Stephanie Chang, Ronald Eguchi, Beverley Adams, Susan Brink, Dilnoor Panjwani, Robin Mills, Sarah Pyatt, Matthew Honey, and Paul Amyx
pp. S431-S446

Social Impacts of the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Rebekah Green and Scott Miles
pp. S447-S462

Setting the Stage for Long-Term Recovery in Haiti
Robert B. Olshansky and Harley F. Etienne
pp. S463-S486

Temporary Housing Planning and Early Implementation in the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Liesel Ashley Ritchie and Kathleen Tierney
pp. S487-S507