7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti causing deaths and major damage

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency reported early Saturday (Aug. 14) morning several deaths and widespread damage in the embattled Caribbean nation.

According to the United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.), the 7.2 magnitude quake hit five miles from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, which is about 80 miles west of the Port-au-Prince capital. U.S. seismologists said it had a depth of about seven miles and the impact was felt as far away as Jamaica.

“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” the USGS said. “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”

This earthquake rivals the 7.0-magnitude one that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. It destroyed the country and left between 220,000 and 300,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands injured.

Haiti’s new prime minister, Ariel Henry, reiterated on Twitter that the ″violent quake″ had caused loss of life and “enormous damage.” Henry tweeted he has mobilized his administration to utilize resources to help victims. “Following the earthquake that caused enormous damage in the South, Grand’Anse and Nipples, I have already mobilized the entire government team to adopt all necessary measures as a matter of urgency,” Henry wrote.

REVOLT will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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