Haiti has been devastated by a huge earthquake shortly after 1pm (UK time) on Saturday, August 14. The huge ‘quake – which registered 7.2 on the Richter scale – drew numerous comparisons to the infamous 2010 disaster.
However, the 7.2 magnitude exceeds that of the disasterous 2010 earthquake, which measured a magnitude of 7.
The earthquake was registered at 1.29pm on Saturday afternoon, and was followed by a second, 5.2 earthquake 20 minutes later.
The epicentre of the earthquake was recorded on the south coast of the country.
The quake struck 8 km from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey said.
The earthquake hit around seven and a half miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, according to the US Geological Survey.
The USGS has also estimated there was a 35 percent chance of fatalities ranging between 1,000 and 10,000, and a 35 percent chance of economic losses in the tens of millions.
It was slightly north of the town of Aquin, and west of Anse-a-Veau.
The USGS has released a tsunami warning in response to the disaster.
Haiti’s Civil Protection told CNN that there have been several fatalities associated with the earthquake.
The earthquake was also very near to the epicentre of the 2010 disaster – while registering 0.2 higher on the Richter scale.
More than 200,000 people died in the 2010 earthquake.
Naomi Verneus, 34, a local resident of Port-Au-Prince, told the Huffington Post she woke to feel her bed shaking as the earthquake struck the island.
She said: “I woke up and didn’t have time to put my shoes on. We lived the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run. I later remembered my two kids and my mother were still inside. My neighbor went in and told them to get out. We ran to the street.”
A video shared on social media shows a local man describe the moment the ground started to shake while he was out jogging.
He compared the destruction to the previous earthquake in 2010, saying: “A huge earthquake has just hit Aux Cayes.
“For what I am seeing, it is the equivalent of the January 12.”
Haiti Libre has reported that hospitals are overwhelmed with “lots of injured” after multiple buildings collapsed.
It comes about two weeks after a massive 8.2 quake – the strongest tremor this year and the largest in America for more than 50 years – shook buildings in Alaska and led to a tsunami watch as far away as Hawaii.
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