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Last update 19:03 Central European time (CET): Death toll.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti at 8:30 am local time on Saturday morning (08/14/2021) and warned of a “chance”. The quake left “a large number of victims”.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

Similarly, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, in English) is monitoring the appearance of potential tsunamis around the world, warning of the “threat” of massive waves for almost an hour after a strong earthquake is recorded.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially issued a tsunami alert that expected waves of up to three meters off the coast of Haiti, but soon cleared it.

A long earthquake was felt across the country and material damage has already been reported in several cities.

“Dramatic” situation

The situation in Haiti was “dramatic” after a powerful earthquake on Saturday, according to Caribbean Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

In a message on Twitter, Henry called on all Haitians to “face this dramatic situation we are currently experiencing” due to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the northeast of Saint-Louis de Suite. .

Report the death toll

The country’s civil defense director Jerry Chandler has reported at least 29 deaths as a result of the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti.

In all, 17 deaths were reported in the Grand-Ann’s Department, nine in the city of Kayes, and three in the Nips area, where the quake’s epicenter was located, southwest of the island.

Haiti was hit by a 7-degree earthquake in January 2010, which killed 300,000 people, with the same number of injured and 1.5 million injured.

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Biden orders “immediate response”

US President Joe Biden has endorsed the US “immediate response” to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

Biden and US Vice President Kamala Harris held a video conference with their National Security Council on Afghanistan on Saturday, in which they also received information about the earthquake in Haiti, the White House said in a statement.

“The President endorsed the immediate response of the United States and appointed USAID Administrator Samantha Power as the senior U.S. official coordinating the initiative,” the statement said.

ee (efe / afp)