The quake in Haiti claimed more lives and cause more destruction because they were ill-prepared for it. Chile has been more prepared or earthquake “conscious” given their history of quakes. Haiti is also a poor country and its buildings are probably in far worse shape than in Chile.
The earthquake in Chile also has its epicenter offshore and away from the main cities while the Haiti earthquake was much closer to the main population. Also, the center for the Chili earthquake was about 21 miles underground while the Haiti center was only 8. This means that a lot more energy was released a lot closer to the big cities in Haiti than in Chile.
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