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7.2 magnitude Earthquake strikes near Haiti

Earthquake strikes near Haiti

The US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster in Haiti following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning.

Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake near Haiti, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said aftershocks will be a concern going forward.

A 5.2 magnitude aftershock occurred 17 km (10 miles) from Chantal, Haiti, earlier this morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

Structures are now compromised from the initial quake, Chinchar said, and “more buildings could start to sustain damage even if those aftershocks are not as strong.”

The earthquake this morning, which was 10 kilometres deep (6 miles deep), is considered a shallow quake, Chinchar explained.

“The population that felt it, you have over half a million people that felt very strong shaking and five million people that felt moderate shaking, not just in Haiti but some of the surrounding areas. We are likely to see economic losses around this area, mostly dealing with the structures that are there,” Chinchar said.

Source – CNN