[quote="Alegare21, post:3, topic:182875"]
Yea I saw this on the news. So sad, especially to such a poor country. I'm a little confused though. How can Haiti have an earthquake if it's not near the edge of a plate?
Actually, the Caribbean is a techtonic "hot spot", much like Hawaii, which is literally smack dab in the middle of a plate. Suprisingly, there are eighteen volcanoes in the Caribbean, such as the one on Montserrat, which erupted and devastated that island several years ago. Guadalupe was also famous for erupting a couple hundred years ago during the colonial era. The island of Dominica has no fewer than NINE volcanoes! Earthquakes are somewhat rare in the region, but certainly not unheard of.
Also remember, the largest earthquake in US history occurred in MISSOURI, along the New Madrid fault! It actually caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for a day, and seriously shook buildings as far away as Washington, D.C. Thankfully, this occurred in the 1810s, so almost no one lived there.