Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake shortly after 1 p.m. UK time on Saturday August 14. The massive earthquake – which scored 7.2 on the Richter scale – has drawn many comparisons to the infamous 2010 disaster.
However, the magnitude of 7.2 exceeds that of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which measured a magnitude of 7.
The quake was recorded at 1:29 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and was followed by a second 5.2 quake 20 minutes later.
The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded on the south coast of the country.
The earthquake struck 8 km from the city of Small Hole of Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey said.
The earthquake struck about seven and a half miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, according to the US Geological Survey.
The USGS also estimated that there was a 35% chance of death between 1,000 and 10,000, and a 35% chance of economic loss in the tens of millions.
It was slightly north of the town of Aquin and west of Anse-à-Veau.
The USGS issued a tsunami warning in response to the disaster.
Haiti’s Civil Protection told CNN there had been several deaths associated with the earthquake.
The earthquake was also very close to the epicenter 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 resident of Port-au-Prince, told the Huffington Post that she woke up to feel her bed shake when the earthquake hit the island.
She said: “I woke up and didn’t have time to put on my shoes. We lived through the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run. Later, I remembered that my two children and my mother were still inside. My neighbor came in and told them to get out. We ran down the street.
A video shared on social media shows a local man describing when the ground began to shake as he jogged.
He compared the destruction to the previous earthquake in 2010, saying: “A huge earthquake has just hit Aux Cayes.
“As far as I can see, it’s the equivalent of January 12th.”
Haiti Libre reported that hospitals are inundated with “many injured” after several buildings collapsed.
It comes about two weeks after a massive 8.2 earthquake – this year’s strongest earthquake and America’s largest in more than 50 years – rocked buildings in Alaska and led to tsunami monitoring to Hawaii.
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