Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?

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A writer, performance poet and lawyer, Ezili Danto is founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, runs the Ezili Danto website, listserve, eyewitness project, FreeHaitiMovement and the on-line journal, Haitian Perspectives.

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Sue

Haverhill, MA

#1 Feb 6, 2010
My first thought about the Haiti earthquake:

"I wonder if nearby oil exploration and mining stressed the tectonic plates, which sit beneath the Haitian waters, to the point where they caused an earthquake."

But:

Haiti sits above the convergence point of three active tectonic plates that are moving in different directions. Any type of movement could trigger a shift in the plates that sit underneath Haiti, and cause an devastating earthquake. There were many aftershocks that eventually slowed down and then finally stopped. These aftershock events are due to the plates shifting into less stressful positions.

So:

In my opinion, the drilling may have triggered the tectonic plate movement.

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

Since: May 08

Northern Colorado

#2 Feb 6, 2010
Sue wrote:
My first thought about the Haiti earthquake:
"I wonder if nearby oil exploration and mining stressed the tectonic plates, which sit beneath the Haitian waters, to the point where they caused an earthquake."
But:
Haiti sits above the convergence point of three active tectonic plates that are moving in different directions. Any type of movement could trigger a shift in the plates that sit underneath Haiti, and cause an devastating earthquake. There were many aftershocks that eventually slowed down and then finally stopped. These aftershock events are due to the plates shifting into less stressful positions.
So:
In my opinion, the drilling may have triggered the tectonic plate movement.
The opinion of a geologist: No. Not unless you dropped an extremely large conventional weapon (or a nuclear bomb) down the hole.
Sue

Haverhill, MA

#3 Feb 6, 2010
I am a geologist...
jean cadet

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#4 Feb 7, 2010
I wonder how they house gonna get to build back from how they were before.And i wonder if the people in the mountian is gonna get some help too.............
Mike

Carlisle, PA

#5 Feb 10, 2010
The Haiti quake occurred on a transform fault, not a thrust fault which may have been the case for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. The plates slipped laterally. The only way for oil drilling or any kind of mining activity to cause an earthquake is if the nearby fault's are able to move vertically.

Please read Andrew Alden's writeup on the Haiti Quake and crackpot theories around it. http://geology.about.com/b/2010/01/27/haiti-q...
sue

Haverhill, MA

#6 Feb 10, 2010
Mike wrote:
The Haiti quake occurred on a transform fault, not a thrust fault which may have been the case for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. The plates slipped laterally. The only way for oil drilling or any kind of mining activity to cause an earthquake is if the nearby fault's are able to move vertically.
Please read Andrew Alden's writeup on the Haiti Quake and crackpot theories around it. http://geology.about.com/b/2010/01/27/haiti-q...
That makes sense...thanks for the clarification...
sue

Haverhill, MA

#7 Feb 10, 2010
sue wrote:
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That makes sense...thanks for the clarification...
there was vertical movement...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/... !+Mail
sue

Haverhill, MA

#8 Feb 10, 2010
there was vertical movement...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/... !+Mail

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

Since: May 08

Northern Colorado

#9 Feb 13, 2010
Sue wrote:
I am a geologist...
OK, so then you are acquainted with seismology to a point (unless you're an actual seismologist, then you'll know far more then me about this stuff :-))
There have been some papers that have implied (and even a few that have stated conclusively) that drilling has caused earthquake activity. But a borehole alone does not change the stress field enough to actually cause the movement - there has to be another causative agent. For example, there have been numerous earthquakes associated with fluid injection, such as around Denver in the 60's and 70's. But these involved multiple wells and years of injection.
Chaos theory states that a minute amount of energy can start a much greater event, but that it is extremely unlikely. So it's possible that this drilling caused the earthquake, but extremely unlikely. And even if there is no drilling, the earthquake was going to happen at some point, given Haiti's tectonic setting.
Sue

Haverhill, MA

#10 Feb 13, 2010
Sh1tbird wrote:
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OK, so then you are acquainted with seismology to a point (unless you're an actual seismologist, then you'll know far more then me about this stuff :-))
There have been some papers that have implied (and even a few that have stated conclusively) that drilling has caused earthquake activity. But a borehole alone does not change the stress field enough to actually cause the movement - there has to be another causative agent. For example, there have been numerous earthquakes associated with fluid injection, such as around Denver in the 60's and 70's. But these involved multiple wells and years of injection.
Chaos theory states that a minute amount of energy can start a much greater event, but that it is extremely unlikely. So it's possible that this drilling caused the earthquake, but extremely unlikely. And even if there is no drilling, the earthquake was going to happen at some point, given Haiti's tectonic setting.
I agree 100% that there was going to be an earthquake in that area regardless of reason. When I stated that oil drilling could cause an earthquake I didn't mean the drilling itself, I meant the consequences of the aftermath, just as you suggested here. You were right to question me on that point.

Although, I do have a hypothesis regarding oil extraction and isostatic rebound due to extensive underwater drilling.
Rey Blanco

Oswego, IL

#11 Mar 11, 2010
Sue, please contact coasttocoastam.com and submit
to the producer about the topic.

Thank you.
brady bunch

Palm Bay, FL

#12 Mar 12, 2010
Sue wrote:
My first thought about the Haiti earthquake:
"I wonder if nearby oil exploration and mining stressed the tectonic plates, which sit beneath the Haitian waters, to the point where they caused an earthquake."
But:
Haiti sits above the convergence point of three active tectonic plates that are moving in different directions. Any type of movement could trigger a shift in the plates that sit underneath Haiti, and cause an devastating earthquake. There were many aftershocks that eventually slowed down and then finally stopped. These aftershock events are due to the plates shifting into less stressful positions.
So:
In my opinion, the drilling may have triggered the tectonic plate movement.
thank you for the opinion genius
are sure it wasn't because of a full moon and the occlusion of earth?
you know there are other morons besides you in this world
one of 'em lives in north korea and keeps setting off nuclear devices underground
the only thing green about you is the moss growing between your ears
sarah was right, the retards are taking over the world
Sue

Lawrence, MA

#13 Mar 12, 2010
brady bunch wrote:
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thank you for the opinion genius
are sure it wasn't because of a full moon and the occlusion of earth?
you know there are other morons besides you in this world
one of 'em lives in north korea and keeps setting off nuclear devices underground
the only thing green about you is the moss growing between your ears
sarah was right, the retards are taking over the world
Who is Sarah and what are you talking about?? This site is asking for opinions on the Haiti quake. I have the right to say what I want without "ignorant morons" like you bashing me, especially when you have no idea about the topic. If you do know what is going on, why don't you write something constructive instead of obnoxious. If you have nothing helpful to say then why don't you go jump into one of the underground nuclear testing sites in North Korea. I am an environmental geologist, which I'm sure you have no inkling about the work involved. We do remediation work on brownfield sites. Do you know what a brownfield site is? I doubt it. Look it up asshole!! Get a life you loser.
obamanation

Palm Bay, FL

#14 Mar 12, 2010
Sue wrote:
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Who is Sarah and what are you talking about?? This site is asking for opinions on the Haiti quake. I have the right to say what I want without "ignorant morons" like you bashing me, especially when you have no idea about the topic. If you do know what is going on, why don't you write something constructive instead of obnoxious. If you have nothing helpful to say then why don't you go jump into one of the underground nuclear testing sites in North Korea. I am an environmental geologist, which I'm sure you have no inkling about the work involved. We do remediation work on brownfield sites. Do you know what a brownfield site is? I doubt it. Look it up asshole!! Get a life you loser.
there's that word again... environMENTAL
obamanation

Palm Bay, FL

#15 Mar 12, 2010
Sue wrote:
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I agree 100% that there was going to be an earthquake in that area regardless of reason. When I stated that oil drilling could cause an earthquake I didn't mean the drilling itself, I meant the consequences of the aftermath, just as you suggested here. You were right to question me on that point.
Although, I do have a hypothesis regarding oil extraction and isostatic rebound due to extensive underwater drilling.
the consequences of the aftermath?
you are whats worng with this world
we are all suffering from internitis
anything to prove a thesis
isn't that somewhat outcome based?
too bad you didn't study the effects of chinese drilling into amerikan oil fields in cuba
maybe you could have gotten a big fat grant from der shtimulus
anyone with an engineering degree that can't figure out
earthquakes are brought on by a blue moon isn't much of an engineer
casey jones was an engineer too
Sue

Lawrence, MA

#16 Mar 12, 2010
obamanation wrote:
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the consequences of the aftermath?
you are whats worng with this world
we are all suffering from internitis
anything to prove a thesis
isn't that somewhat outcome based?
too bad you didn't study the effects of chinese drilling into amerikan oil fields in cuba
maybe you could have gotten a big fat grant from der shtimulus
anyone with an engineering degree that can't figure out
earthquakes are brought on by a blue moon isn't much of an engineer
casey jones was an engineer too
Once you learn how to spell correctly and form complete sentences maybe I will give you the courtesy of an argument.

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

Since: May 08

Northern Colorado

#17 Mar 13, 2010
Sue wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree 100% that there was going to be an earthquake in that area regardless of reason. When I stated that oil drilling could cause an earthquake I didn't mean the drilling itself, I meant the consequences of the aftermath, just as you suggested here. You were right to question me on that point.
Although, I do have a hypothesis regarding oil extraction and isostatic rebound due to extensive underwater drilling.
Is this related to that Mag 6 earthquake in the Gulf Of Mexico a few years back?

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

Since: May 08

Northern Colorado

#18 Mar 13, 2010
brady bunch wrote:
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sarah was right, the retards are taking over the world
Your post is proof of it!
Sue

Lowell, MA

#19 Mar 13, 2010
Sh1tbird wrote:
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Your post is proof of it!
THANK YOU!!!
420gryl

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Mar 15, 2010
I'm not even going to read this thread.
Did Mining and Drilling cause the Hati Quake in 1770's!?
NO
Look you dumbies, take your knowlege of earth sciences from elementary school and get real here.
THE LACK OF EDUCATION IN SCIENCE PROVES HOW REALLY STUPID AMERICANS ARE - 9/11 WAS NOT A CONSPIRACY EITHER. THERE'S NO SANTA CLAUS AND NO GLOBAL WARMING.

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