Haiti earthquake news today – Tsunami warning after huge quake hits, shaking Dominican Republic, as deaths confirmed

29 PEOPLE are confirmed dead after a huge 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit western Haiti on Saturday.

The quake struck 8 km from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey said.

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    ‘THOUSANDS OF FATALITIES’

    USGS has estimated “thousands of fatalities” and “tens of thousands of injuries in poor mountainous communities.”

    “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” a statement from the agency released around an hour after the quake said.

    “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”

    Jerry Chandler, Haiti’s director of civil protection, confirmed deaths had occurred but said he doesn’t “yet have an exact toll.”

    “We’re still collecting information,” he told AFP.

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    BIDEN BRIEFED ON HAITI SITUATION

    President Biden and Vice President Harris announced via tweet that they were briefed on the situation in Haiti.

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    ‘HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES’

    The US Tsunami Warning System said “hazardous tsunami waves are forecast” with waves reaching one to three meters above the tide level possible along the coast of Haiti. The warning was lifted just over an hour later.

    A series of smaller aftershocks continued to shake the island after the original quake, USGS reported.

    One registering a magnitude of 5.2 occurred 17 km (10 miles) from Chantal earlier this morning.

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    RESIDENTS IN TERROR AFTER BUILDINGS COLLAPSE

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    SHOCKING TWITTER FOOTAGE SHOWS VICTIM PULLED FROM RUBBLE

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    VIDEOS OF DEVASTATION POSTED TO TWITTER

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    29 CONFIRMED DEAD

    29 people are confirmed dead in Haiti following the earthquake of magnitude 7.2 that hit the island Saturday morning, AFP reports.

    USGS has estimated “thousands of fatalities” and “tens of thousands of injuries in poor mountainous communities.”

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    USGS FEARS THOUSANDS DEAD

    USGS has estimated “thousands of fatalities” and “tens of thousands of injuries in poor mountainous communities.”

    “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” a statement from the agency released around an hour after the quake said.

    “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”

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    ‘HOSPITALS OVERWHELMED’

     

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    HAITI COULD BE IMPACTED BY TROPICAL STORM GRACE

    The region may be impacted by Tropical Storm Grace early next week.

    Formerly a tropical depression, Grace strengthened to tropical storm status about 400 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and flooding and could hit Haiti as soon as Monday, forecasts show.

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    CHURCH CRUMBLED DURING CEREMONY

    A church reportedly collapsed under the strain of the quake in the southwestern town of Les Anglais while a ceremony was apparently underway.

    Images posted to social media also showed significant damage to buildings including collapsed homes and rubble splayed across the road.

    Economic losses could range in the tens of millions, USGS reports.

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    DEATHS CONFIRMED

    Haitian authorities have confirmed deaths as a result of the earthquake, but have not yet released a death toll.

    “I can confirm that there are deaths, but I don’t yet have an exact toll,” Jerry Chandler, Haiti’s director of civil protection, told AFP news agency.“We’re still collecting information.”

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    TWITTER VIDEO SHOWS CRACKING BUILDINGS AFTER EARTHQUAKE

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    VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWS RESIDENTS FLEEING HOMES AS EARTHQUAKE STRIKES

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    HAITIAN AUTHORITIES FEAR EXTREME DAMAGE

    Haitian politicians and authorities fear the “awful” aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the island today.

    Renald Lubérice, the general secretary of Haiti’s ministerial council, tweeted in French: “The first images that have reached me are awful.

    “The earthquake has caused a great deal of damage in the south. Hopefully there isn’t major loss of life.”

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    SHOCKING PICTURES POSTED TO TWITTER SHOW DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS

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    GRACE COULD MOVE OVER HAITI

    Tropical Storm Grace could move over Haiti even after the devastating earthquake today.

    Grace was previously a Tropical Depression, but has now been redesignated as a Storm.

    The storm is currently around 265 miles southeast of the Leeward Islands in the Atlantic.

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    VIDEOS EMERGE OF EARTHQUAKE’S AFTERMATH

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    PHOTOS OF DESTROYED BUILDINGS

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    USGS ISSUES RED ALERT

    The US Geological Study issued a red alert after an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Haiti.

    The storm’s center was located about 7.5miles northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud in the western part of the island, Axios reports.

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    WHEN WAS THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE?

    Haiti is still feeling the effects of its devastating earthquake in January 2010.

    Although the earthquake lasted on 35 seconds, it killed at least 100,000 people, but the government’s estimate of the death toll is a shocking 316,000.

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    RESIDENTS TAKE TO TWITTER TO SHARE DEVASTATING PICTURES

    One resident took to Twitter to post a picture of his family’s destroyed home following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti.

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    HOSPITALS OVERWHELMED

    Reports are emerging that hospitals are overwhelmed following the devastating earthquake that hit Saturday.

    It comes as the US Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated “thousands of fatalities” and “tens of thousands of injuries in poor mountainous communities.”

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    TWITTER VIDEOS SHOW ‘SCENES OF DESTRUCTION’

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    EARTHQUAKE COMES AFTER ASSASSINATION

    Haiti is still reeling from the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, on July 7.

    The disaster-stricken nation is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 60 percent of its population living below the poverty line.

    Haiti is still also still feeling the effects of its devastating earthquake in January 2010.

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