Haiti Earthquake Science Organized

The United Nations has formed a joint taskforce of both Haitian and international experts to provide advice to the Haitian government and the public on how to reduce current risks and better recover from the disaster that killed some quarter-million people. Under U.N. auspices and coordinated by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a growing contingent of 30 scientists and 10 organizations from 5 countries will quickly analyze the quake and make a preliminary forecast of subsequent seismic activity. It will also collect more data—especially from a critical offshore section of fault ruptured by the quake—and provide day-to-day advice to assist relief and recovery efforts. A formal announcement is expected within a few days.