Pure disasters updates

Haiti was struck by an enormous earthquake on Saturday that was felt all through the Caribbean and was even larger than the quake that devastated elements of the nation 11 years in the past.

The US Geological Survey mentioned the tremor had a magnitude of seven.2 and struck at a depth of 10km, making it extra highly effective and shallower than the 7.0 quake that wrecked a lot of the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010 and killed tens of 1000’s of individuals.

The USGS said: “Excessive casualties are possible and the catastrophe is probably going widespread. Previous occasions with this alert stage have required a nationwide or worldwide stage response.”

There was no instant official phrase of casualties.

Saturday’s quake struck farther from the capital than the 2011 quake — with the epicentre 150km west of Port-au-Prince close to the city of Petit Trou de Nippes. One resident of the capital advised the Monetary Occasions that whereas “all of us felt it” there was no instant proof of harm within the metropolis.

Within the worst affected space on the island’s southwestern peninsula, nonetheless, harm appeared to have been intensive. Movies and images posted on social media, which couldn’t instantly be verified, confirmed homes diminished to rubble.

A Tsunami warning was in place and a few movies confirmed residents working from their homes as water flowed by way of the streets.

Reuters information company reported that the quake was felt as distant as Cuba and Jamaica.