Many were killed when a powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday. The damage is enormous, Prime Minister Ariel Henry confirms.
14.29 Authorities in Haiti confirm that many people have died after an earthquake in the western part of the country at 08.29 local time, similar to Norwegian time. It writes the news agency AFP
– I can confirm that many more are dead, but at the moment we do not have the exact number, Civil Defense chief Jerry Chandler tells AFP.
The quake struck Saturday morning A degree of strength In 7.2, according to the epicenter. The quake was reported 15 miles (15 miles) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The capital has a population of less than one million.
Many died, great damage
Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of Haiti, Says many people have died in various parts of Haiti after the earthquake, expresses its condolences and writes Reuters.
– Ariel Henry says the quake has wreaked havoc in the Grand Annes, Nippus and the south of the country.
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The USGS estimates that thousands of people may have lost their lives and tens of thousands may have been injured in the country’s poorest and most inaccessible mountainous areas.
A red alarm has been reported and a large area should be affected.
Local photos on social media show massive material damage to buildings and people fleeing the streets.
After the quake, the U.S. Meteorological Service was dispatched NOAA A tsunami alert was issued in the area, but they withdrew before 4.30 pm.
There have been several earthquakes in the step USGS.
Notable throughout the Caribbean
The quake affected large parts of the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the outer islands of the United States and Cuba.
According to the USGS, the quake struck about 12 kilometers southeast of St. Louis to Suez.
Friends Dowell, a journalist working for the Haitian daily Le Nouvelliste, posted photos of the disaster on Twitter. He writes that hospitals are understaffed and overcrowded.
In Port-au-Prince, many people fled the streets for fear of houses collapsing when the quake struck at 8am on Saturday.
The hospital in Les Cas was overflowing with many injured people after many houses and hotels collapsed. Free Haiti.
Cristella St. Hilayer, who lives near the center, tells the AP about the many dead and injured, and the aftershocks.
Naomi Vernius, 34, who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, told CBS News that she woke up when her bed began to shake.
– I woke up, no time to put on my shoes. We survived the 2010 earthquake and I was able to run. I realized that my two children and mother were still at home. The housemate next to me went inside and told them to go outside. We ran down the street, says Vernius.
Great earthquake in 2010
The previous major earthquake in Haiti caused the greatest human and material destruction.
The death toll was more than 200,000, according to officials based on Haiti’s own figures, but there is great uncertainty with the figures. More than a million people have been made homeless, according to official figures.
The 2010 quake measured 7 on the Richter scale and had 45 aftershocks.
The case is being updated.