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7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Haiti

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Source: U.S. Geological Survey

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Haiti on Saturday, per the U.S. Geological Survey.

Driving the news: The epicenter of the quake was approximately 12 kilometers, or 7.5 miles, northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud in the western part of the country.


  • The quake struck about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.
  • There were no immediate reports of fatalities, per the New York Times.
  • There is a tsunami threat due to the earthquake, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center. "Based on all available data ... Hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts," per the center.

aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti 🇭🇹 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/080yX6P9FJ

— 🏝CARIBBEAN CULTURE ⓦ🏝〽️ (@westindimade) August 14, 2021

The big picture: Haiti experienced a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 220,000 people.

  • "The August 2021 earthquake likely occurred within the same fault system as the January 2010 earthquake; however, the 2010 earthquake occurred on a blind thrust fault and not directly on the main plate-boundary fault," per the survey.

Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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