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A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). “There are dead, I can confirm, but I still don’t have the exact number,” said Haiti’s director of civil protection, Jerry Chandler. The epicenter was located 12 kilometers northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, in the south of the country.

The tremor has been felt across the country and material damage has already been reported in the cities of Jérémie and Los Cayos, according to several images published by witnesses in the area. The United States Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a tsunami warning “that could reach one or three meters” above sea level.

The earthquake occurred at 8:29 am local time (12.29 GMT) and had a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the USGS report. In several videos shared online, residents filmed the ruins of concrete buildings, including a church where a ceremony was allegedly taking place in the commune of Les Anglais, 200 kilometers southwest of Port-au-Prince.

Haiti, located on an island it shares with the Dominican Republic, is still recovering from a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck near the capital in 2010 that left 300,000 dead, tens of thousands injured and nearly 1.5 million casualties .

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