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