An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hits Haiti with its epicenter about 8km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to USGS. “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”
Haitian authorities have confirmed the incident says that there have been fatalities and damages on the island, but neither has been quantified yet.
“I can confirm that there are deaths, but I don’t yet have an exact toll,” Jerry Chandler, Haiti’s director of civil protection, told the AFP news agency.
“We’re still collecting information.”
My prayers are with the people of Haiti and other affected territories who were this morning shaken by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake along the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault.— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 14, 2021
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In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the country, killing between 220,000 and 300,000, causing extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure and economy.
A resident at the port -au- prince, Naomi Verneus, said she was woken up by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.
“I woke up and didn’t have time to put my shoes on,” she said. “We lived the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run.”