Emergency Bridging

Unibridge survives Haiti earthquake

Haiti was brutally savaged by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday 12th January 2010. The epicentre was near Léogâne, 25kms west of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. 52 aftershocks, measuring 4.5 or greater were recorded in the next 2 weeks.

The bridge survived the devastating earthquake, but tragically, two long serving and valued Matière employees lost their lives. However, the bridge is now a vital link for aid and infrastructure to help the people of Haiti rebuild.

The 68 m Unibridge was cast in situ with 1.25 m high beams and patented technology. Built by local labour and under difficult circumstances, the bridge has served the community from the very beginning of construction, supplying jobs and income. Unibridge's dedication to the highest level of quality and precision resulted in a structure that survived the earthquake undamaged and structurally sound when so much of Haiti's infrastructure was destroyed.

In our next issue, we'll tell you more about the technical specifications that helped the bridge survive.

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