January 13, 2010

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The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti Tuesday afternoon registered hundreds of miles away at Bucknell University's seismic station. According to Brad Jordan, lab director of geology, the quake was close to two major plate boundaries, the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate.  "It appears that most of the energy was released in a side-to-side motion, which would not result in a large vertical displacement of the ocean water, which is likely the reason there was no significant tsunami associated with this quake," said Jordan. Bucknell's seismograph is located in the basement of the Carnegie Hall.

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