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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, on the South West Coast of Haiti.
The quake struck the country at roughly 8:30am local time, 150km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Then, 20 minutes after the first quake, a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck the island.
Videos from social media show destroyed buildings and distressed voices shouting as the population reel from the disaster.
US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster, according to CNN.
Flooding appears to have started in the country, raising the risk for more damage to follow the quake.
— Mundo en Conflicto 🌎 (@MundoEConflicto) August 14, 2021
#NEW: Images reveal mass destruction following the 7.2 earthquake in #Haiti. Similar in strength to the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 160,000 people in the Caribbean country in 2010, according to a study. pic.twitter.com/1RYFlv31af
— Leonardo Feldman (@LeoFeldmanNEWS) August 14, 2021
Haitian authorities have confirmed that there have been fatalities and damages on the island, but neither has been quantified yet.
9:36 AM – La situation actuelle de la cité des poètes pic.twitter.com/hhdgMMZGDh
— Ralph Simon (@RalphSimon13) August 14, 2021
The US Tsunami Warning System has forecasted “hazardous tsunami waves,” with predictions of waves reaching up to three meters above the tide level along the coast of Haiti.
A 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the country in 2010, killing between 220,000 and 300,000.
The impoverished Caribbean nation is still recovering from the 2010 disaster.
52 aftershocks followed the 2010 quake – which raises the question of how much damage is still yet to come from today’s tremor.
In 2017, the United Nations stated that 2.5 million Haitians still needed aid following the 7.0 magnitude quake seven years before.
U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Mourad Wahba said, “There are still about 55,000 people in camps and makeshift camps. Many are still living in unsanitary conditions due to displacement caused by the earthquake. We have a very long way to go.”