In Pictures: Many Dead and Buildings Crumble in Haiti’s Powerful Earthquake
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A 7.2 magnified earthquake rocked Haiti on Saturday morning reducing buildings to rubble amidst reports of several fatalities.
People fled their homes and ran to the mountains after the quake hit the town of Pete Trou de Nippes around 8:30 am.
A series of aftershocks struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the United States Geological Survey said.
The quake, though farther away from the capital, was felt strongly.
In the nearest big town, Les Cayes, two residents told Reuters a major hotel and other buildings collapsed. Locals said water had briefly flooded the coastal town, causing panic amid fear of a tsunami.
It is not known how many people died as a result of the quake, but videos circulating social media show residents pulling survivors from the crumbled buildings.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry said on Twitter, “I present my sympathies to the parents of the victims of this violent earthquake that has caused the loss of several lives and material damage in various provinces.”
The hospital in Les Cayes is said to be overwhelmed with injured patients.
It was reported that a former senator Gabriel Fortune was among the dead. He was pulled from a hotel building in Les Cayes.