|UTC time||2021-08-14 12:29:08|
|Local date||14 August 2021|
|Depth||10.0 km (6.2 mi)|
|Fault||Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone|
|Total damage||$1 billion USD|
|Max. intensity||IX (Violent)|
|Aftershocks||At least 900|
|History of Haiti|
|Pre-Columbian Haiti (before 1492)|
|Captaincy General of Santo Domingo (1492–1625)|
|First Empire of Haiti (1804–1806)|
|North Haiti (1806–1820)|
|South Haiti (1806–1820)|
|Republic of Haiti (1820–1849)|
|Second Empire of Haiti (1849–1859)|
|Republic of Haiti (1859–1957)|
|Duvalier dynasty (1957–1986)|
|Anti-Duvalier protest movement|
|Republic of Haiti (1986–present)|
At 08:29:09 EDT on 14 August 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. It had a 10-kilometre-deep (6.2 mi) hypocenter near Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Tsunami warnings were briefly issued for the Haitian coast. At least 6,342 people were confirmed killed as of 1 October 2021[update] and 27,345 injured. An estimated 650,000 people are in need of assistance.  At least 137,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed. The quake is the deadliest earthquake and deadliest natural disaster of 2021. It is also the worst disaster to strike Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. UNICEF estimates more than half a million children were affected. The Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate (DGPC) warned of a possible large humanitarian crisis resulting from the earthquake. USAID provided US $32 million in foreign aid to Haiti for reconstruction efforts following the devastating earthquake. This earthquake had the most casualties of any disaster since the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake, which killed between 4,340 and 5,007 people, mostly from a tsunami. The economic loss from this earthquake is estimated at over 1 billion dollars.
Haiti lies within the complex plate boundary zone between the North American Plate to the north and the Caribbean Plate to the south. This zone is interpreted to contain a number of microplates, particularly the Gonâve Microplate, which is bounded to the north by the Septentrional-Oriente fault zone and to the south by the Walton fault zone and the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone, all of which are active left lateral transform faults. Although dominated by lateral motion the plate boundary zone also accommodates a component of north-south shortening. This has led to overall transpression along the main strike-slip faults.
In the Tiburon Peninsula the main structure is the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone, which runs along its length. This fault zone carries almost half of the left lateral displacement between the North American and Caribbean plates, with a displacement rate of about 7 mm per year. The epicentre of the 2010 Haiti earthquake was located at the eastern end of the peninsula and was caused by movement on previously unknown thrust faults that form part of the overall fault zone, without rupturing the main strike-slip fault strand. The same fault zone is thought to have been the source of the 1751 and 1770 earthquakes that destroyed the capital Port-au-Prince.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred as a result of oblique-reverse faulting near the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone 125 km (78 mi; 67 nmi) west of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, consistent with its location and the observed focal mechanism. It had an estimated hypocentral depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
Finite-fault Inversion and Back Projection indicated an earthquake rupture on two separate strike-slip and reverse faults that are not connected to the main strand of the plate boundary fault. The initial rupture occurred on a blind thrust fault, then jumped onto a strike-slip fault; both separate branches of the plate boundary fault, and previously unidentified. The rupture process of the earthquake indicate the highly oblique motion between the two tectonic plates. The rupture may have been encouraged by the 2010 event due to coulomb stress transfer.
|Modified Mercalli intensities in selected locations|
|IX (Violent)||Les Cayes|
|VII (Very strong)||Grand-Goave|
|VI (Strong)||Port Au Prince|
The intensity of the earthquake reached Modified Mercalli intensity scale (MMI) IX (Violent) in Les Cayes and MMI VI (Strong) in Port-au-Prince. The epicenter of the 2010 quake was much closer to Port-au-Prince (25 km), and its MMI rating was VII (Very strong).
Tsunami warnings were issued for the country, which were cancelled later that day.
At least 900 aftershocks have been recorded following the mainshock, the strongest being Mw 5.8 in magnitude and centered approximately 65 kilometers further west on the Tiburon Peninsula. Fresh tremors shook Les Cayes city on August 19, 2021. Several casualties were recorded.
Widespread tsunami warnings were issued throughout the Caribbean, with waves up to 3 to 10 feet in height in Port au Prince. The tsunami warning was later rescinded. The wave would have been bigger had the earthquake's epicentre been offshore.
The city of Les Cayes, Haiti's third-largest city, was the closest to the epicenter of the earthquake. The city suffered extensive damage including many collapsed homes, places of worship, and commercial buildings. According to the Haitian Civil Protection Agency, at least 37,300 or more homes were destroyed and 46,000 others were damaged as of August 16. The Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate later reported that more than 60,700 homes have been destroyed and 76,100 others have sustained damages as of August 18. There were also a number of hotels that were severely damaged or collapsed. At least 53 medical facilities suffered partial damage while six were totally destroyed. In addition to that, the quake damaged or destroyed 308 schools.
Places of worship
The Immaculee Conception Church of Les Anglais, a historical landmark constructed in 1907, collapsed when the quake struck during a Mass. The collapse of the facade of the church killed 17 people. Two individuals trapped under the rubble were rescued by nearby construction workers.
At Toirac village, just outside Les Cayes, 20 people died in the collapse of the St. Famille du Toirac church during a funeral Mass.
In Marceline, a small town 30 minutes away from Les Cayes, the main Catholic church collapsed. Two women cleaning the church were killed. In the Les Cay Diocese, more than 220 Catholic places of worship were destroyed. 
Haitian prime minister Ariel Henry declared a state of emergency due to the high number of casualties and the severe damage. At least 6,342 people died in the earthquake. The Hôtel Le Manguier in Les Cayes collapsed in the earthquake, killing several people, including Gabriel Fortuné, the former senator and former mayor of Les Cayes. Portions of the Catholic bishop's residence in Les Cayes collapsed, killing a priest and two employees and injuring Cardinal Chibly Langlois. In addition to the deaths, at least 27,345 people have been injured and 793 are still missing. Two more unconfirmed deaths were also reported.
A report published by UNICEF on 30 August 2021 stated that at least 800,000 people, 250,000 of them children, had been affected by the quake and are in need of humanitarian aid. An estimated 81,000 Haitians have no access to safe drinking water. The United Nations in Haiti said 650,000 Haitians are in need of humanitarian aid, and the World Food Programme stated that 754,200 are experiencing food insecurity.
According to the United Nations, Haiti needs more than $187 million of aid to support Haiti after the disaster. 
Search and rescue teams of Haitian police and Haitian health department workers were joined by volunteers. Foreign charities, nongovernmental organizations, and other volunteer groups sent workers, supplies, and equipment to help in the recovery and search and rescue.
On August 23, rescue workers found 24 people, 20 adults, and four children, alive under the rubble of a collapsed building near the mountain Pic Macaya. The survivors were then transported to Camp-Perrin, where they received further treatment for their injuries. Just a few days before, on August 17, 16 people were rescued from a former United Nations occupied building in Les Cayes. Rescuers also recovered nine bodies from the building.
The United Nations requested over $180 million to aid in recovery efforts related to providing basic living assistance to victims and the surrounding area. Due to the destruction of critical markets and agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Administration requested $20 million to aid in recovering farming practices. Grand'Anse, Nippes, and Sudd have been cited as being the most negatively impacted by food loss and scarcity.
Shelter has been cited as the greatest need of the affected region. More than 50,000 homes and shelters were destroyed. Haitian people are sleeping in homes missing roofs and walls, open fields, and public buildings. 
Rescue efforts were hindered due to rain from Tropical Depression Grace on 16 August. The National Hurricane Center forecasted Tropical Depression Grace to produce up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rainfall in Haiti, threatening rescue and recovery efforts in the affected area. Torrential rain and flood brought by the storm threatened the affected area with the potential for mudslides.
As a direct result, many villages were left disconnected so the villagers started voluntary rebuilding. The trust towards the government is low in the areas as the citizens do not expect help due to the great complications, further mobilizing the voluntary project.
According to Prime Minister and acting President Ariel Henry, local hospitals have been overrun by the large inflow of injured victims after the earthquake. Henry declared a month-long state of emergency for the country after the quake.
- Argentina: Foreign Minister Felipe Solá ordered the deployment of White Helmets Commission to the area to assist local authorities in humanitarian missions. Solá further stated that Argentina is willing to deploy more personnel in rescue missions.
- Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the nation is "ready to assist in any way" in the wake of the event. A travel advisory was issued against traveling to Haiti by the Canadian government.
- Mexico: The Mexican government sent a C-295 and a C-130 from the Mexican Air Force, loading 15,400 kg (33,069.3 lb) of medicine and supplies for the people affected. On August 16, three aircraft from Mexico's Secretariat of National Defense and Navy arrived in Haiti, carrying aid. The first two aircraft which arrived transported food supplies, sanitation items, and medical supplies. Additional food and survival items arrived on the third aircraft. Rescue and recovery equipment such as forklifts, water filtration devices, lamps, blankets and shovels were also sent to Haiti.
- United Nations: The UN requested to the Brazilian government, the deployment to Haiti of Brazilian forces of the Army and Marine Corps, in order to secure the stability in the face of ongoing humanitarian crisis. The request was confirmed by President Jair Bolsonaro. The Brazilian Armed Forces also participated in the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) between 2004 and 2017.
- United States: President Joe Biden authorized the US response for assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake, appointing USAID Administrator Samantha Power to coordinate in the relief. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on August 26 that US $32 million worth of aid would be provided to Haiti to support the ongoing relief efforts. The money would be used to deliver immediate needs such as medical services, food, shelter, drinking water, and sanitary items.
Additionally, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela have offered assistance in the search for survivors. A group of 34 firefighters from Ecuador were dispatched to assist in search and rescue efforts.
Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka, who is of Haitian descent, stated in a tweet that she would donate all her prize money at the Cincinnati Masters to support rescue and recovery efforts ongoing in Haiti.
American sportswear brand Skechers announced on August 19 that they would be contributing US $1 million in donations to support ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. The brand said they would be donating to three organizations; CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), Hope for Haiti and World Central Kitchen. Kenneth Cole is donating a percentage of their net sales to the St. Luke Foundation and asking their customers to donate $10 for extra support.  Amazon has sent over 35,000 emergency items to Haiti: including medical supplies, tents, water filters and more.
Political and humanitarian concerns
Moïse assassination and current government
Prime Minister Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home on July 7, 2021. Forty four people were arrested in connection to the assassination and Moïse's death left Haiti in political turmoil. The official presidential election date is set for November 7, 2021. Acting president Ariel Henry said that the country must appoint a new electoral board and deal with the increasing gang violence and looting. The lack of a strong government results in unorganized aid distribution and more room for gang violence and looting.
Gang violence and looting
Gangs have overtaken neighborhoods and villages in Haiti. "According to the National Human Rights Defense Network, there are more than 90 gangs in the country, likely with thousands of members and far more powerful than the police," Bloomberg reports.  Gangs have control over major roads heading south. In mid-August, the gang announced a ceasefire to allow trucks to use the road to provide aid to southern communities. Several trucks were looted at gunpoint, despite the truce.  On August 19, two of Haiti's doctors, including one of the few orthopedic surgeons, were kidnapped. It is unclear whether gangs were responsible for these abductions; however kidnapping is a common gang practice. The kidnappers contacted the doctor's families, however the ransom demands are unknown. 
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