April 14, 2024

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7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Haiti, tsunami alert lifted

The long shock was felt across the country.

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The quake struck at 8:30 am (12:30 pm in Paris). A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Haiti on Saturday morning, August 14, according to reports. Announced by the U.S. Center for Earthquakes (USGS) Many deaths are regrettable, the country’s director of civil defense announced, unable to immediately establish an accurate balance sheet. The tsunami alert was issued shortly before it was due to be lifted, the USGS said.

The long tremor was felt across the country and material damage has already been recorded in the cities of Jeremy and Les Cays, according to images released by local media and witnesses in the southwestern peninsula of the island.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry visited the National Emergency Surgery Center in Port-au-Prince.

Still remembers the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated the poorest country, capital and many provincial cities in the United States. The disaster killed more than 200,000 people and injured more than 300,000.

More than one and a half million Haitians have lost their homes and put the authorities and the international humanitarian community ahead of the biggest challenge of reconstruction in a country with no land registration or building codes.

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Unable to meet this reconstruction challenge, Haiti, which has been hit by constant hurricanes, has been mired in a serious socio-political crisis for ten years.