Natural disaster update
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There was a major earthquake in Haiti on Saturday that was felt throughout the Caribbean, even larger than the earthquake that destroyed parts of the country 11 years ago.
The US Geological Survey stated that the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.2 and the focal depth was 10 kilometers. Compared with the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that destroyed most of the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010 and killed tens of thousands of people, the magnitude is stronger and shallower. .
U.S. Geological Survey Say: “It may cause a large number of casualties, and the disaster may spread widely. Past events with this alert level require a national or international response.”
Officials did not immediately announce the casualties.
Compared with the 2011 earthquake, the epicenter of the earthquake on Saturday was farther from the capital—the epicenter was 150 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, near the town of Petit Trudnipes. A resident in the capital told the Financial Times that although “we all felt it,” there was no direct evidence that the city was damaged.
However, in the worst-hit areas of the island’s southwestern peninsula, the damage appears to be extensive. The videos and photos posted on social media could not be confirmed immediately, showing that the house has been reduced to rubble.
Tsunami warnings are in place, and some videos show residents fleeing their houses as water flows across the street.
According to Reuters, the earthquake was felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica.