At least five people have died, including two children, and several have been injured in the Haitian towns of Aquin and Nippes as a result of the preliminary magnitude 7.2 earthquake registered this Saturday in the west of the country, which has caused a great destruction in the areas near the epicenter.
Four of the deceased have been identified in Aquin, including the two children, aged seven and nine, as confirmed by sources from the ‘Gazette Haiti’ media.
The fifth deceased has been identified in Nippes, according to the local coordinator of civil protection, Fidel Nicolás, in the midst of the destruction prevailing in the southwestern areas of the country, pending the first official evaluation of the earthquake.
The earthquake was registered at 2:29 p.m., Spanish peninsular time, about 12 kilometers from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud, and with a hypocenter 10 kilometers deep, according to the USGS report, which has issued an alert red due to the possibility that the earthquake has left a large number of victims.
Minutes later, an aftershock of magnitude 5.2 was registered 17 kilometers from the town of Chantal, again with a hypocenter 10 kilometers deep.
According to the ‘Gazette Haiti’, the earthquake has been felt in the capital, Port-au-Prince, for several seconds. The city is located about 130 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake.
Entry of the sea into the #surdehaiti #haitiearthquake #haiti pic.twitter.com/ASNIvMAraY
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The destruction has been particularly notorious in the area of Les Cayes, where the hotels of Le Manguier and Petit pas Hotel have collapsed, according to the Haitian newspaper ‘Le Nouvelliste’.
One of the main hospitals in the area, Saint-Antoine de Jérémie, is currently overloaded with patients, and needs reinforcements and medicines for emergency care, according to the media.
Finally, the Tsunami Warning Service of the United States Meteorological Service has canceled the warning of strong waves issued in the minutes after the earthquake.
Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, still lives with the impact of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that left some 200,000 people dead. The country has also experienced a state of political turmoil since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.
Video coming out of #Haiti ‘s south after this mornings earthquake. #haitiearthquake pic.twitter.com/1JvK0mHuR0
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