Port au Prince Haiti Shook by Major Earthquake Caused by Caribbean Fault

MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Earthquakes don’t occur as often in the Caribbean as they do on land but the quake that hit Haiti Tuesday was not unprecedented, scientists say.

Dale Grant of the National Earthquake Information Center near Denver says the Caribbean is actually a seismically active area which is how the islands formed in the first place, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Grant says smaller quakes happen frequently in the Caribbean but the one that hit Haiti was the first large quake in more than 25 years.

Paul Mann of the University of Texas at Austin says the Haiti quake occurred along a vertical fault line that runs from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to the southern part of the island of Hispaniola.

The plates have been pushing against that particular fault since a major quake in 1760, Mann says.

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