The 2021 August 14 MW 7.2 Nippes, Haiti earthquake occurred 75 km west of the epicenter of the 2010 Leogane earthquake (Haiti) on the transpressive Caribbean - North America plate boundary. We present an updated fault map for Hispaniola and model coseismic and early postseismic fault slip using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar and pixel offsets. We find the earthquake ruptured multiple segments of the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault Zone. Slip occurred in two main sub-events on either side of a restraining bend at Pic Macaya, with ∼2.7 m of peak reverse-slip east of the bend. To the west, slip jumps the restraining bend and further ruptures with ∼1.2 m of left-lateral slip. Afterslip in the 4 days following the event occurred at shallow depth and adjacent to the coseismic rupture areas and reached the surface east of Pic Macaya.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering


National Science Foundation, Grant 1948857

Keywords and Phrases

complex rupture; earthquake; geodesy; Haiti; InSAR; tectonics

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1944-8007; 0094-8276

Document Type

Article - Journal

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Final Version

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Publication Date

16 Jun 2022