Deadly 7.2-magnitude quake strikes Haiti

The epicentre of the quake was about 100 miles by road from the centre of the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince.

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, causing several deaths and toppling buildings in the disaster-plagued Caribbean nation still recovering from a devastating 2010 quake.

 

The epicentre of the quake, which shook homes and sent people scrambling for protection, was about 100 miles (160 kilometres) by road from the centre of the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince.

 

The long, initial shock was felt in much of the Caribbean. It damaged schools as well as homes on Haiti's southwestern Peninsula, according to images from witnesses.

 

Residents shared images on social media of the ruins of concrete buildings, including a church in which a ceremony was apparently underway on Saturday in the southwestern town of Les Anglais.

 

Earlier, a magnitude-7.0 quake in January 2010 transformed much of Port-au-Prince and nearby cities into dusty ruins, killing more than 200,000 and injuring some 300,000 others.

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