A magnitude-7.2 earthquake has been reported near the coast of Haiti. The major tremor was more powerful than the 2010 quake that devastated the Caribbean nation.
The earthquake hit early on Saturday morning, with the United States Geological Survey putting its intensity at magnitude 7.2, or “major.” The epicenter was 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, a town of more than 50,000 inhabitants.
People in the capital of Port-au-Prince felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear.
Severe damage has been reported on Haiti, with images showing partially collapsed buildings and rubble-strewn streets. Some people posting on social media reported feeling the quake as far away as Jamaica.
It struck minutes after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake shook the Alaska Peninsula. However, the Alaskan quake hit a much more sparsely populated region, where the potential for damage was far lower.
At least 29 people have died following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti. The death toll is a provisional figure and will likely rise, as buildings in several towns have been leveled.
During the past 30 days, Haiti was shaken by 1 quake of magnitude 7.1, 1 quake of magnitude 6.6, 1 quake of magnitude 5.2, 1 quake of magnitude 4.6, 16 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 54 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0.
Haitian civil protection official Jerry Chandler announced the death toll in a press conference on Saturday, hours after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the island nation’s southern peninsula.
The country is still recovering from a magnitude 7 earthquake closer to the capital 11 years ago that killed tens if not hundreds of thousands of people and flattened swathes of buildings, leaving millions homeless.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.