Study: Haiti quake possibly made worse by surface features

10/19/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince last January may have been amplified by surface features as well as the region's underlying geology, researchers say. A rocky ridge south of the city center vibrated and shook in much the same way that a tall building behaves during a quake, amplifying and channeling the quake's force. By studying that effect, scientists hope to predict where future earthquakes are likely to have the greatest impact.

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