First modification: 08/14/2021 – 16:23
The earthquake was registered at 8.29 local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in the southwest of the island. Although information on the consequences of the earthquake has not yet been released, there are fears that there will be victims and damage to the infrastructure. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) warned of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti this Saturday, August 14. The earthquake occurred at 8.29 local time (12.29 GMT) and its epicenter was located in the south of the country, near the town of Saint-Louis du Sud, 10 kilometers deep.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, also for its acronym in English) issued a tsunami warning on things in Haiti. “Tsunami waves that can reach one to three meters above tide level are possible in some parts of Haiti,” the agency said.
The effects of the earthquake in the country are not yet known, although it is known that the earthquake was felt in other Caribbean islands, such as Cuba. Some images that circulate on social networks published by Haitians suggest serious damage and a high number of victims.
The USGS considered it “probable” that the earthquake caused “a high number of victims” and “significant” material damage.
In 2010, another earthquake devastated Haiti: 316,000 people lost their lives, 350,000 were injured and more than 1.5 million people were left homeless. That earthquake was of magnitude 7 and occurred 10 kilometers deep and very close to the capital, Port-au-Prince.
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