Haiti Hit by Strong Earthquake, With Reports of Building Collapses and Deaths

A highly effective earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, destroying buildings and prompting reports of deaths in a place previously in turmoil adhering to the assassination of its president last month.

The magnitude seven.2 earthquake’s epicenter was about seven.5 miles from the southern city of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It experienced a depth of six.2 miles.

Haiti’s civil safety agency mentioned its groups claimed collapsed homes and the possibility of fatalities. Haitians shared photos of mangled buildings on social media in the country’s south.

The prime minister and interim president, Ariel Henry, mentioned he planned to travel to the impacted regions to evaluate the condition, and that he was mobilizing federal government resources to aid those people impacted.

“I offer my sympathy to the moms and dads of the victims of this violent earthquake that has brought on loss of human lifetime and product injury in quite a few departments of the place,” he mentioned in a tweet.