Disasters & Accidents

Haiti struck by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

Port-au-Prince/Washington, Aug 14 (EFE).- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday in the southern strip of the country, northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Local media have reported that several people have been injured and infrastructure across various cities has been damaged, in the localities of Saint-Louis du Sud, Les Cayes, and Jérémie.

The quake was recorded at 08.29am local time (12.29 UTC) and at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Many people ran out of their homes in panic as the quake shook the streets of Port-au-Prince, as witnessed by Efe.

The United States initially issued a tsunami warning in Port-au-Prince and other coastal towns of Haiti as a result of the quake, but withdrew the warning after considering that the danger had passed.

Haiti was hit in 2010 by a magnitude 7 earthquake that left 300,000 people dead, just as many injured and 1.5 million people affected. EFE


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