PAGER Earthquake Tool Predicts Even Higher Death Count in Haiti

The photo shows rescuers climbing over the rubble after the earthquake. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

And amid the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the fallout from the earthquake in Haiti hasn’t received as much attention in the U.S. Some experts believe the death toll may be much higher than initially reported: between 10,000 and 100,000 lives lost.

This range of numbers comes from a tool called the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response, or PAGER. Scientists launched it in 2007, and it correctly predicted the range of deaths for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The earthquake affected Haiti’s southern peninsula near the capital Port-au-Prince. But Eva Dehart of For Haiti with Love (located near Cap Haitian on the northern coast) says the fallout from this disaster will impact the entire country. “People are fanning out all across the nation, which impacts everyone. Because food was already an issue. Hunger was already a country-wide problem. And now you’ve got this big concentration of people coming through who have nothing, and people are going to have to share with them.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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