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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti.

Image Credit: EMSC twitter

Minutes ago the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported that a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Arrondissement d’Aquin, Sud, Haiti near Dominican Republic, at a very shallow depth of 10km. The EMSC reported the quake at 6.7-magnitude.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

Based on preliminary data it is believed that the earthquake might have caused significant damage to infrastructure.

Image Credit: Twitter account JCOMHaiti

A tsunami alert has been issued by the US Tsunami Warning System for some coasts of Haiti. Significant damage has been reported and unfortunately injuries and casualties have also been reported.

Lots of homes are destroyed, people are dead and some are at the hospital.

Christella Saint Hilaire, a resident that lives close to the epicenter of the quake.

The extent of the damage is still being assessed. There is no information how mant people have died so far, but thousands are believed to have died according to a model estimate. Atound 830,000 people were exposed to strong shaking (Intensity VI), and more than 630,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking (Intensity VII). The Haitian President Ariel Henry, who has been leading the country a month after the killing of President Jovenel Moïse extended his sympathies on Twitter.

I extend my sympathies to the relatives of the victims of this violent earthquake.

President Ariel Henry on Twitter

This earthquake was stronger than the 2010 quake that killed 200,000 people. At least 700 people have been confirmed dead so far. More details to follow.

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