Earthquake Haiti U.S. Geological Survey: Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake of 7.2 magnitudes on Saturday morning, raising concerns as to the extent of the destruction. Haiti was devastated by a large earthquake in 2010 that tore through the country.
Haiti’s civil protection service reports that at least 304 people have died and more than 1,800 have been injured. Deaths could reach thousands, according to the USGS.
Despite what it looks like, USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told NPR it’s really bad. Because of the quake’s similar magnitude and because it occurred on the same fault line as the 2010 quake, Caruso says there could be a lot of casualties.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake Haiti struck on Jan. 12, 2010, killing an estimated 220,000 people, displacing about 1.5 million people, and injuring about 300,000.
The new prime minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, extended his sympathies to the parents of the victims of the recent violent earthquake that caused deaths and destruction to several parts of the country.
In response to the earthquake, Henry said he would declare a state of emergency for one month while the country assesses what damage has been done and dispatches search and rescue teams to the area.
The prime minister said a team has been mobilized to help with the relief effort.
In an interview, he said that finding as many survivors as possible underneath the rubble was the most important thing. Several local hospitals are overwhelmed with wounds and fractures in Les Cayes, in particular.”
Biden has authorized an immediate response and named Samantha Power as the U.S. A White House official said that the AID administrator would coordinate the effort.
Located 12 kilometers northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, the epicenter was 10 kilometers deep and 12 kilometers northeast of the epicenter, according to the USGS. According to the survey, a massive earthquake shocked western France five miles from the town of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes.
A red alert has been issued by the USGS.
Historically, a national or international response has been required when there has been a red alert. Many casualties and extensive damage are likely,” he said.
Earthquake Haiti Latest Crisis
After President Jovenel Mose was assassinated last month, the country is experiencing unrest.
Isaac says the country was never ready for an earthquake of this magnitude with such damages after the crisis Haiti has been going through for the past few months, and the assassination of its president.
This new government is experiencing a major crisis, and it additionally has a very ill health system,” Isaac said.
During an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, acting country director for Mercy Corps, Cara Buck, said she is concerned about cases of COVID-19, food insecurity, poverty, and displacement. It is obviously questionable whether or not the government is capable of responding,” Buck says. For more details visit here
Further, the region is under threat from a second natural disaster – Tropical Storm Grace could hit the region early next week just as Haitians continue to grapple with the devastating aftermath of their earthquake. According to the National Hurricane Center, winds will reach as high as 45 mph and rainfall will amount to 3-6 inches. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Fred, once classified as a tropical storm, could also strengthen.
Several thousands of people rushed into the streets out of fear as they felt the tremor in the capital of Port-au-Prince, about 80 miles to the east of the epicenter.
During the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Buck was jolted out of bed and felt as if her house started sinking into the ground.
On Twitter, Henry, the prime minister, called upon Haitians to unite to deal with the crisis. Unity is strength. Please let this be a call for solidarity and commitment.”
Magnitude 7.2 earthquake Affected Countries
Following of the list of countries that are affected by the magnitude 7.2 earthquakes.
- The Bahamas
- Dominican Republic Jamaica,
- Puerto Rico
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States Minor Outlying Islands
- and Cuba6 km from L’Asile, Haiti
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