According to the US Geological Survey, a strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti on Saturday morning, increasing worries of destruction similar to the terrible 2010 quake that decimated the country.
Apparently to Haiti’s civil protection service, at least 227 people have died.
According to the USGS, the death toll might be in the thousands.
Because of its similar magnitude and the fact that it occurred along the same fault line — the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault zone — USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told NPR that Saturday’s quake is comparable to the 2010 quake.
“It appears to be very awful,” Caruso said. “There could be a significant number of victims.”
How does the most recent earthquake compare to the one in 2010?
The last earthquake, on the other hand, had a different mechanism.
According to Caruso, this one featured a thrust mechanism, whereas the 2010 quake had a strike-slip type mechanism.
“When you’re on opposite sides of a fault, an earthquake affects you differently.
So there are a number of factors that influence how individuals react to earthquakes “Caruso remarked.
“Earthquakes caused by thrust faulting can be devastating.
Strike-slip quakes, on the other hand, can be dangerous.
So we simply don’t know at this moment. We’re waiting for all of the damage assessments to come in.”
In a translated tweet, Haiti’s new prime minister, Ariel Henry, expressed his condolences “to the parents of the victims of this violent earthquake that claimed countless human and material lives in several geographical divisions of the country.”
As the country examines the disaster’s impact and sends teams to the area for search and rescue missions, Henry said he will declare a state of emergency for one month.
“We will make the necessary plans to assist residents in the Southern Peninsula who have been affected by the earthquake. In light of the emergency, we must demonstrate a great deal of solidarity.
A state of emergency will be declared by the government.
We’ll move rapidly, “In a subsequent translated tweet, he said.
When to a White House official, President Biden has ordered an urgent US reaction and has appointed Samantha Power, the US AID chief, to coordinate the operation.
According to the USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 kilometers deep.
According to the survey, it struck five kilometers from the village of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes in the western region of the country.
The earthquake was classified as a “red alert” by the USGS.
“There will almost certainly be many casualties and considerable damage, and the calamity will most likely be widespread. Red alarms in the past have necessitated a national or worldwide reaction “According to the USGS.
Port-au-Prince journalist Harold Isaac told NPR’s Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday that two major communities, Les Cayes and Jeremie, had been seriously hit.
The earthquake is Haiti’s most recent disaster. The tremor occurs amid instability in the country following President Jovenel Mose’s killing last month.
“With the entire turmoil that Haiti has been through, especially in the last few months with the assassination of the president, the country was never truly ready to confront yet another earthquake of such scale and with such damages,” Isaac adds.
“It is, in fact, yet another issue, a significant one for the new government, which is already extremely ill,” Isaac remarked.
Worse, another natural calamity is threatening the region: Tropical Storm Grace is expected to hit early next week, while Haitians are still recovering from the earthquake.
According to the National Hurricane Center, winds of up to 45 mph are expected, as well as 3-6 inches of rain.
According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical depression Fred, which was previously classified as a tropical storm, might strengthen late Saturday or early Sunday.
The tremor was felt in the city of Port-au-Prince, roughly 80 miles east of the epicenter, and many people hurried into the streets in fear.
Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, at least 227 persons died.
Some people are afraid of recreating the horrors of the 2010 earthquake.
On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing an estimated 220,000
people, displacing 1.5 million people and injuring nearly 300,000.
Because the area is an active fault zone with a history of strong earthquakes, USGS’s Caruso
said he predicted an earthquake of this size.
According to the Associated Press, Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old Port-au-Prince resident, was
jerked awake by Saturday’s earthquake and her bed was trembling.
“I didn’t have time to put my shoes on when I awoke.
We experienced the earthquake in 2010, and all I could do was run.
My two children and mother were still inside, I remembered later.
My next-door neighbor went in and urged them to leave.