'Thousands' feared dead as quake hits Haiti

Haiti has been struck by a huge earthquake which scientists say is bigger than the 2010 quake that killed more than 200,000 people.

Haiti: 300 killed as 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes region

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The 7.2 magnitude quake sent shockwaves which were felt across the Caribbean as far as Cuba and Jamaica.

It struck five miles from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, 100 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, and a 5.2 magnitude aftershock was recorded 20 minutes later.

At least 29 had been killed in the quake said Civil Protection Director Jerry Chandler. However, the US Geological Survey said deaths could be in the “thousands” with tens of thousands of injuries.

Haiti earthquake

Devastation: There are fears thousands may have died after the quake (Image: Getty)

Injured people in Haiti after earthquake

Injured people are treated in a field hospital (Image: Getty)

Witnesses told of people desperately trying to rescue those trapped under rubble.

Sephora Pierre Louis, from Port-au-Prince, said: “I heard people screaming. They were flying outside. At least they know to go outside. In 2010 they didn’t know what to do.”

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It comes as the poverty-stricken country is still coming to terms with last month’s assassination of President Jovenel Moise, while many areas are facing growing hunger and healthcare services are overwhelmed by Covid.

To make matters worse, emergency access to the southern region, where the quake struck, is restricted by gang control of key areas.

Roy Walsh

Roy Walsh

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