EERI activity in Jacmel region?

February 18, 2010 by  
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Hello all,

I am part of a team from New Orleans who recently returned from Jacmel, Haiti (Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project).  Damage is not as extensive as PaP, though the area requires a thorough structural assessment.  A preliminary assessment has been completed by various groups including the Canadian military, which are assisting with Jacmel recovery. 

Does anyone know of plans to complete  an assessment of this region?  If so, please reply with contact information.

We are in a position to assist with the documentation of this assessment (specifically in mapping), as we are returning to the region regularly throughout the next 6 months and have established extensive contacts on the ground with local government, NGO’s operating in the region, and local decisionmakers/stakeholders. 

Please contact me through this discussion thread or directly regarding this topic. 

Thank you for your interest and expertise,

Ritchie Katko

Make It Right Foundation

Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project

New Orleans, Louisiana

Images from USGS/EERI Team on Google Earth

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Maps

Download KML file here

You need to have Google Earth Installed on your computer in order to view this file.  To download Google earth, visit

Map photos for iphone

February 18, 2010 by  
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EERI would like to acknowledge Scott Swensen and Gerardo Araya for their work in preparing these photos.

Download photos here (18.6MB zip file)

New UNOSAT damage assessment: Carrefour, Haiti + Database (ESRI and KML format)

February 18, 2010 by  
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UNOSAT has produced a new comprehensive building damage assessment and statistics for Carrefour, Haiti. An additional map on intensity of building damage in downtown Port-au-Prince is also available.

Link for map-downloads:

Damage assessment database including Carrefour and Port-au-Prince in ESRI Geodatabase format (9.3.1): (11mb)

and above damage points as KML: (6.5mb)

If using database, please credit: “Damage assessment: UNITAR/UNOSAT”

UNOSAT is together with EC JRC and World Bank currently producing a comprehensive damage assessment atlas over the earthquake affected areas in Haiti in the context of PDNA.

UNOSAT’s involvement related to the Haiti earthquake can be followed on

One can subscribe to RSS feeds for the latest UNOSAT maps for automatic updates when new maps become available, please see:

This work is done at the request of UNDP, and in support of the UN-led efforts to assist the Government of Haiti in the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake. Swisstopo and the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) at the University of Zurich provided extensive pre-crisis building data in direct technical support of this UN damage analysis. Initial reference data were received from collaborative centers (European Commission JRC with the support of the Stability Instrument; Sertit/Space Charter) and other supporting entities (World Bank, ITHACA, DLR, OSM). This analysis will be validated in the field during PDNA and recovery activities, for which UNOSAT participates, also in collaboration with EC JRC. Preliminary field validation of our damage assessment has been carried out by UNOSAT staff in Port-au-Prince over the last days. UNOSAT works in close collaboration with the Centre National de l’Information Géo Spatiale (CNIGS) to ensure efficient geo-spatial analysis support to the Government of Haiti.

JAXA InSAR Imagery of the Eastern End

January 27, 2010 by  
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Here is a translated link to new JAXA ALOS InSAR imagery the eastern half of the fault rupture.

Tim Dixon and Falk Amelung of the University of Miami have a webpage outlining some of the latest science (geodesy) on the Haiti earthquake.


Data sources for Imagery, GIS data, Maps

January 20, 2010 by  
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The website is a prototype created by UNAVCO and WInSAR on behalf of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

UNITAR/UNOSAT has produced a new map on Damage Assessment for Major Buildings / Infrastructure in Port-au-Prince

January 19, 2010 by  
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A preselected list of major buildings and urban facilities were assessed for damages using GeoEye-1 satellite imagery recorded on 13 January 2010. Building sites have been identified by local name and classified by type when possible, with a focus on hospitals, government and UN offices, schools, churches and industrial complexes. Damage classes have been assigned based on visual interpretation of available satellite imagery and thus contain an associated level of uncertainty for buildings with less severe forms of damages. Sites marked as “No Visual Damage” may have major structural damages not identifiable in the imagery, thus damages in the analysis have likely been underestimated. Note also that the major sites evaluated are not exhaustive of all important buildings within the city. A total of 110 selected sites were assessed; of this total 58 sites (53%) were visibly damaged or destroyed. The percentage of affected buildings by type: Educational = 50%; Government = 88%; Hospitals = 42%; Int. Org. Offices = 50%; Churches = 60%.

Note: This is a preliminary analysis; road and bridge damages may be underestimated.

To download UNOSAT maps for the Haiti earthquake, please go to
as well as on the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (, including VirtualOSOCC.

A KML file has also been updated to reflect damage assessments included in this latest map. This KML is available to all interested parties:

UNOSAT’s involvement related to the Haiti earthquake can be followed on

One can subscribe to RSS feeds for the latest UNOSAT maps for automatic updates when new maps become available, please see:

Haiti Open Street Map by Crisis Commons

January 19, 2010 by  
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A week ago the maps of the entire country of Haiti had little more than a few highways and roads. The capital city of Port-au-Prince was a shaded outline that suggested a city. The problem was that Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, had been ignored by traditional commercial data providers. No one could afford a GPS, so why build digital maps of roads or buildings?

Read more here:

Satellite imagery of Haiti from DigitalGlobe

January 15, 2010 by  
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New imagery of Haiti, plus KML access for Google Earth

DigitalGlobe’s satellite constellation has captured nearly the entire country of Haiti, and we are now making our imagery available as a KML overlay for Google Earth.Please register at the following site in order to gain access to DigitalGlobe’s Crisis Event Services imagery through a KML overlay file, in addition to our ImageConnect plug-in for GIS software applications.Access DigitalGlobe Imagery of the Earthquakes.We will have many additional collection opportunities over the coming daysQuickBird: 1/17, 1/20, 1/23, 1/25, 1/28, 1/30WorldView-1: 1/18, 1/19, 1/22, 1/23, 1/26, 1/27, 1/31WorldView-2: 1/17, 1/18, 1/20, 1/21, 1/23, 1/25, 1/26, 1/28, 1/29, 1/31
We also have additional earthquake imagery and damage analyses available on our website. View the gallery.

DigitalGlobe’s Crisis Event Service aids disasters around the world

DigitalGlobe’s online Crisis Event Service provides fast web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of world disasters. When a major disaster is identified, DigitalGlobe’s satellite constellation acquires timely post-event imagery of effected areas within 1 to 3 days.Connect your organization to the service in the way that best meets your needs. Choose from our web plug-ins for GIS software, A WMS service, or our API’s and SDK’s for custom map server and java applications.Learn more about our Crisis Event Service.

Various Maps

January 15, 2010 by  
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