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Earthquake in Haiti: satellite observation, a valuable aid. The underestimated destructions


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(B2) The latest UNOSAT report is rather pessimistic about Haiti.
The satellite office of the United Nations has established several maps, notably those of the grouping spontaneity of the victims. The bridges and debris obstructing the roads were identified from GeoEye-1 images acquired on January 12, 2010. According to UNOSAT: “this preliminary analysis has not been validated in the field. The damage was probably underestimated.” Download the menu

According to the analysis of the European Commission Research Center (JRC): “More than 4000 physical structures were destroyed or damaged in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, by the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the country on 12 January 2010. About 2000 residential buildings have partially or totally collapsed and the same number of buildings shows severe damage . A number of critical infrastructures such as government buildings, educational structures and hospitals have collapsed or are severely damaged.” (*)

(*) I am sorry to only deliver an English version. But Commissioner Potocnik, in charge of the “Research” file at the Commission, decided to communicate only in English on the earthquake in Haiti (a French-speaking country, however). A French version will be available Monday or Tuesday! I was told.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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  • it looks like this in French

    "More than 4000 physical structures were destroyed or damaged in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, by the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the country on 12 January 2010. About 2000 residential buildings have partially or totally collapsed and the same number of buildings shows severe damage . A number of critical infrastructures such as government buildings, educational structures and hospitals have collapsed or are severely damaged.” (*)

    More than 4000 physical structures were destroyed or damaged in Port-au-Prine, Haiti, by the magnitude 7 earthquake that shook the country on January 12, 2010. About 2000 residential buildings completely or partially collapsed and a same number of buildings are severely damaged. Many critical infrastructures such as government buildings, educational structures and hospitals have collapsed or been severely damaged.

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