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The case for moving the Haitian capital

Country’s official seismologist predicts another quake within 20 years


 

As Haitians begin to look toward rebuilding Port-au-Prince, some suggest that they might be better off moving the capital to a safer location. According to Claude Prépetit, Haiti’s official seismologist, Port-au-Prince, which is home to two million of the country’s nine million people, could be hit by another quake, even more devastating than the 7.0 tremor that rattled Port-au-Prince to the core earlier this month, in as soon as 20 years. Arguing that the city is the most seismically dangerous place in the country, Prépetit, who predicted the last quake, is among those urging officials to make the most of the opportunity to rebuild—and do so elsewhere.

Der Spiegel


 
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The case for moving the Haitian capital

  1. I suggested a New Capital should be considered for Haiti as part the Total Construction effort[1]. It is important that the location of the New Capital is not decided solely as a reaction to the earthquake. The location of the New Capital should be derived from a careful examination of relevant data such as:..

  2. It would be utterly ridiculous and totally irresponsible to rebuilt the city on top of a major fault line. Sure, earthquake-proof construction is possible but so expensive, that Haiti simply can't effort it. Sure, the rest of the world could foot the bill, but why spend all that extra money if a few miles away the reconstruction coud be done for a fraction of the cost. Rationality has to prevail, even if it goes against the wishes of the President of Haiti. Was it not the same person who decreed that all rescue efforts were to stop at a given date?

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