Authorities in Haiti say that three folks have been killed when a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck the south of the nation
ByEVENS SANON and DÁNICA COTO Related Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck southern Haiti early Tuesday, killing a minimum of three folks and injuring a number of others, authorities mentioned.
The quake struck earlier than daybreak close to the southern coastal metropolis of Jeremie at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), in response to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The three individuals who died had been discovered below a collapsed home the place rescuers had been looking for extra folks, Frankel Maginaire with Haiti’s Civil Safety Company in Jeremie advised The Related Press.
He mentioned a number of kids had been on the hospital being handled for accidents they obtained after they panicked and ran.
Crowds of individuals milled by way of the road after the quake, anxious about aftershocks.
Claude Prepetit, a geologist and engineer with Haiti’s Bureau of Mines and Vitality, advised Radio Caraibes that smaller earthquakes that occurred earlier this yr in southern Haiti led to the larger one which struck Tuesday.
The earthquake struck virtually two years after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti and killed greater than 2,200 folks, with Les Cayes sustaining essentially the most harm. Some individuals who misplaced their properties final August are nonetheless residing in camps.
“We had two years to organize,” Prepetit mentioned.
In 2010, a magnitude 7 quake close to the densely populated capital, Port-au-Prince, killed a minimum of 200,000 folks and brought about widespread devastation to buildings.
Tuesday’s earthquake comes as Haiti struggles to get better from heavy floods over the weekend that killed a minimum of 45 folks, injured 85 and flooded greater than 13,600 properties. Prime Minister Ariel Henry has requested worldwide help.