Massive Earthquake Strikes Haiti, Over 1200 Dead

Update 8/16/2021 9:33 a.m

Over 1,200 people have died in Haiti following a massive 7.2 earthquake on Saturday, according to the country’s civil protection agency. 

According to CBS News, at least 2,800 people have been injured, with thousands more displaced. 

The country is also facing the increased threat of Tropical Depression Grace, which is expected to strike the country, as well as the neighboring Dominican Republic, on Monday night. 

Heavy rains and increased winds could pose more damage to an already beleaguered nation, making it more difficult to find survivors. 

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, prompting a tsunami warning in parts of the Caribbean, according to Reuters.  

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread.”  

Haiti’s Civil Protection said there had been fatalities and damage, CNN reported.  

According to USGS, the earthquake hit 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and eight miles deep, which is stronger and deeper than the earthquake that struck the country in 2010, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.  

The earthquake was felt in Cuba and almost 200 miles away in Jamaica, according to reports.  

“Everyone is really afraid. It’s been years since such a big earthquake,” Cuban resident Daniel Ross told Reuters.  

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning following the quake with reported waves as high as 10 feet. 

This is a developing story. 

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