September 29, 2021

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Terrible memories of the 2010 earthquake arose.

Saint-Louis-to-Sud- A strong earthquake shook the southern part of the Caribbean state of Haiti on Saturday morning (local time). The U.S. agency USGS considers a large number of victims possible. He called for a red alert on Saturday in view of possible casualties.

The exact death toll is not yet known, according to Jerry Chandler, head of civil defense at the AFP news agency. In the evening, according to BILD data, Disaster Control released the first interim balance with 178 deaths. However, a significant increase in the number of victims is still expected.


Several houses were damaged. The US company USGS has a large number of victimsPhoto: Twitter / InfosFrancaises

The G portal “Gazette Haiti” reported deaths in the city of Aquinas on Saturday afternoon, including two children aged at least five and seven. Many more were injured.

An eyewitness from Les Cayes, southwest of one of the largest cities in the country, told the Heidi Press Network about collapsed houses and hotels and that people were buried beneath the rubble.

Residents of the Nipples Department, where the quake was centered, sent an SOS call to authorities, according to the “Gazette”, as hospitals were overburdened.


Injured people are being pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings

Injured people are being pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildingsPhoto: Twitter / CarlosEsDelAlbo

7.2 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.


The Sacred Heart Church in Les Cas was badly damaged

The Sacred Heart Church in Les Cas was badly damagedPhoto: Delot Jean / dpa

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared a state of emergency for a month. Numerous houses are said to have been damaged. The exact extent of the damage is not yet clear. A crisis team was activated. The US Agency for Development Cooperation (USAID) wrote on Twitter that disaster experts were on site to assess the damage.


A broken iron roof in Les Gas in southwestern Haiti

A broken iron roof in Les Gas in southwestern HaitiPhoto: Twitter / Frantzduval

Authorities issued a tsunami alert. The U.S. National Weather Service (NOAA) has advised people to be cautious. It said there could be small sea level fluctuations of up to 30 centimeters in coastal areas near the quake.


The building was destroyed by an earthquake

The building was also destroyed by the earthquakePhoto: Twitter / Awareness Map


There are ruins all over the street

There are ruins all over the streetPhoto: Twitter / JCOMHaiti


A local shared this photo on Twitter.  The extent of the damage caused by the quake is not yet clear

A local shared this photo on Twitter. The extent of the damage caused by the quake is not yet clearPhoto: Twitter / TambouV

“It took about 17 seconds”

BILD spoke by telephone with Alinx Jean-Baptiste, the former office manager of Kindernotilfe in Haiti: “I witnessed the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. This took about 17 seconds. It was not strong in 2010 and there was no major damage to the capital. “


A street vendor in Port-au-Prince.  The quake did not cause major damage in the capital

A street vendor in Port-au-Prince. The quake did not cause major damage in the capital Photo: Joseph Odalin / AB

The quake was about 125 kilometers from the capital. Jean-Baptiste: “It must have been very bad in the south. Houses collapsed there and a church was destroyed. On the contrary, the effects on capital are not comparable.”

It is difficult to find out more about the situation in the affected area. Jean-Baptiste: “After the assassination of the president last month, we have no electricity. So it’s difficult to access others on a cell phone.


The epicenter was reported southeast of the capital, Port-au-Prince.  Some houses there collapsed

The building was completely destroyed. It is not known if there were people in it during the quakePhoto: Twitter / Frantzduval

The tropical storm is moving towards Haiti

Haiti may face another challenge: The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a tropical storm “Grace” will hit the region early next week.

Heavy rain and wind will worsen the situation in the quake-hit area. Damaged houses may eventually collapse. In addition, such weather conditions can greatly impede recovery efforts.

January 2010 earthquake

Haiti was completely devastated by a severe earthquake in 2010. The epicenter was reported at 7.3 magnitude, in Port-au-Prince, the dense capital of Haiti. The quake killed at least 222,000 people and injured more than 300,000. More than a million people lost their homes. The damage from the quake was estimated at eight billion US dollars (6.2 billion euros). Reconstruction began slowly due to political instability.


The 2010 earthquake destroyed many Haitian homes

The 2010 earthquake destroyed many Haitian homes (Archive photo)Photo: George Silva / REUTERS

In July 2021, Haitian President Joanel Moss was ambushed and shot dead by a heavily armed commando at his home.


The epicenter was reported southeast of the capital, Port-au-Prince

The epicenter was reported southeast of the capital, Port-au-PrincePhoto: EPA

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