Hundreds are dead after earthquake struck Haiti.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, the United States Geological Survey said, adding to the fear of similar damage to the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.


At least 304 people have been killed and more than 1,800 injured, according to Haiti civilian security services. USGS predicts the death toll could reach thousands.

People stand in front of the Catholic bishop’s residence after being damaged by an earthquake in Les Cayes on Saturday.
Delot Jean / AP
“It looks very bad,” USGS geologist Paul Caruso told NPR. “There could be a lot of injuries. Caruso said Saturday’s quake was similar to the 2010 earthquake because of the same magnitude and because it occurred in the same erroneous way.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing an estimated 220,000 people, 1.5 million displaced and 300,000 injured.

Ariel Henry, Haiti’s new prime minister, in a translated tweet, conveyed condolences “to the parents of the victims of the violent earthquake that caused several loss of human life and property in several geographical departments of the country”.

Henry said he would announce a state of emergency for one month while the country inspects the damage and sent a team to the region for a search and rescue mission.

The building collapsed in Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes, Haiti, after an earthquake.
President Biden endorsed the United States’ immediate response and appointed Samantha Power, US AID supervisor, to coordinate the efforts, a White House official said.

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The epicenter was reported 12 miles (7.5 km) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 miles [10 km] deep, according to the USGS. He drove eight kilometers from the town of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, in the western part of the country, according to the investigation.

The USGS identified the quake in its “red alert” unit.

“High-level injuries and serious damage are likely and the catastrophe could spread. Older red warnings require a national or international response,” USGS said.

The Catholic bishop’s residence was destroyed after an earthquake in Les Cayes.
Delot Jean / AP
The two major cities, Les Cayes and Jérémie, have been badly affected, Port-au-Prince correspondent Harold Isaac told NPR’s Scott Simon in a weekend edition.

The quake is a recent crisis in Haiti
The quake has come at a time of unrest in the country following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last month.

“Of all the problems Haiti is going through, especially in recent months, the death of a president by assassination, the country has never really been prepared to face another earthquake of similar magnitude and devastation,” said Isaac.

Tropical depression As Fred heads for the Gulf, another storm erupts in the Atlantic
Tropical depression As Fred heads for the Gulf, another storm erupts in the Atlantic
“In fact this is a new crisis, a major crisis for the new government, which is also very sick like that,” Isaac said.

Cara Buck, acting national director of Mercy Corps, told NPR’s Don Gonyea on All Things Considered that he was concerned about the COVID-19 cases, food shortages, poverty and homelessness. “The government’s ability to respond is certainly in question,” Buck said.

Worse still, the region is twice threatened by another natural disaster – Tropical Grace could strike early next week while Haitians are still reeling from the quake. Winds of up to 45 mph and 3 to 6 inches of rain are expected, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical depression Fred, who was earlier identified as a tropical storm, could also gain strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Residents of the capital Port-au-Prince, about 80 miles east of the center, felt trembling and many fled the streets in fear.

Buck, who is in Port-au-Prince, said he was shaken in bed by the quake and felt his apartment building were sinking into the water.

Haiti ruins: look back on the 2010 earthquake
Henry, the Prime Minister, called on Twitter “in a spirit of solidarity and dedication to all Haitians, to unite in the face of this great crisis in which we now live.” Unity is power “.

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