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What magnitude was the haiti earthquake 2021, how bad is a 7.2 scale


Haiti is being hit by a mighty earthquake.

On Saturday morning, a 7.2 earthquake hit Haití, a disastrous yet less potent earthquake that is more than 11 years ago in the poor Caribbean. In at least two cities there were notifications of serious damage and people trapped in rubble.

The U.S. geologic survey said the quake hit the city of Petit Trou de Nippes, five miles west of Port-au-Prince, some 80 miles. It had a depth of seven miles said by seismologists. In Jamaica, it was felt as distant as 200 miles.

The quake could hardly have been made worse by the 11 million people, who were facing a political crisis since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, on July 7.

What magnitude was the haiti earthquake 2021, how bad is a 7.2 scale
7.2 earthquake hit Haití

The U.S.G.S. has said that the 7.2 size sickness was a massive damage and was stronger than the 7.0 sickness that hit Haiti in 2010.

No immediate fatalities were reported, but photos and videos from social networks showed collapsed structures in their pyjamas cried out the names of their dear ones.

There have been two major cities at least: Les Cayes and Jeremie. The telephone lines were down at the epicenter of the quake in Petit Trou de Nippes, and nothing immediately came out of that city that left Haitian officials worst afraid.

"There have fallen a lot of houses. There is a lot of people caught up in rubble," said 35-year-old Widchell Augustin from Les Cayes. "It is under a scratch that we can hear people scream. People go to the hospital all over the place."

The videos were created with people still in pajamas or towels in their bathrooms. There were many screams on the street seeking refuge from their violently trembling homes. Entire buildings with three floors were flattered to the level of the eyes; a further video showed a group of men screwing rubble and seeking to remove waste to extract someone hanging below.

One video from Les Cayes showed residents who fled a street flooding with sea water, fearing a tsunami warning caused by the quake. There has been a tsunami threat to certain coastlines in the U.S. Tsunami Warning Centre.

7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck western Haiti, the United States Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami alert and damaging buildings in the disaster-plagued Caribbean nation.

The sun blurred by the dust of destruction, another video by Les Cayes showed. Houses were flattened, the bricks which were once their basis were now spread out into the streets into a pile of scrubble.

One person likened the earthquake in January 2010 to the cataclysmic.

That 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed over 220 thousand people and lifted many of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Spain.

The site of Saturday quake in Hurricane Matthew in Haiti's Southern Peninsula was badly hit by 2016, and has not yet fully recovered five years later. Remnant of the devastation, Haiti's broken government has failed to restore all destroyed homes, highways and government buildings.


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