Major earthquake strikes Haiti, felt across Caribbean

Fatalities reported in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Caribbean nation: Quake is stronger than the disaster that left thousands dead in 2010

A major earthquake struck western Haiti on Saturday and was felt across the Caribbean where people fled their homes for fear that buildings might collapse.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck five miles from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 7.5 miles west of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

It had a depth of six miles, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning System has issued a tsunami warning after the quake. 

The country is still recovering from a magnitude 7 earthquake closer to the capital 11 years ago that killed tens if not hundreds of thousands of people and flattened swathes of buildings, leaving many homeless.

‘Everyone is really afraid. It’s been years since such a big earthquake,’ said Daniel Ross, a resident in the eastern Cuban city of Guantanamo, adding that his home stood firm but the furniture shook.

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