#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: NOVATO (CBS SF) — A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, killing at least 1,300-people and leaving more than 1,800 people hurt, according to authorities.
#AceDailyNews says that a ‘State of Emergency’ is in place as Haitians In the Bay Area Feel Impacts of Devastating Earthquake and rescue operation is underway
The epicenter of the quake was about 78 miles west of the capitol of Port-au-Prince, where a powerful earthquake struck in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people.
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Aug. 15, 2021, 12:04 PM UTC / Updated Aug. 16, 2021, 4:41 AM UTC
Haitians scrambled overnight to try to find survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after a major earthquake killed more than 1,200 people and injured 5,700 in the Caribbean country Saturday.
The 7.2-magnitude quake injured hundreds more and flattened churches, homes and government buildings.
The temblor, which was felt in Cuba and Jamaica and was followed by a string of aftershocks, hit around 5 miles from the town of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, just over 90 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, at a depth of about 6 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.People look for survivors at a destroyed house after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes on Saturday.Stringer / Reuters
Video posted to social media showed residents pulling stunned survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings after homes, hospitals, schools, churches and other buildings were damaged or destroyed.
The earthquake was a terrifying reminder of the devastating temblor that rocked Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, 11 years ago, killing tens of thousands of people.
For Lydie Jean-Baptiste, 62, memories of the trauma have come flooding back.
“The neighbors, I saw them running and running. I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ They said, ‘Earthquake!’ and I rushed to the front door,” Jean-Baptiste told Reuters. “I felt really, really scared.”
For a long time afterward, she said, she slept outside.
Yvon Pierre, the former mayor of Saint Louis du Sud, said he would sleep outside because of the aftershocks.
“I am strong, but this affected me psychologically, and that is probably the same as the rest of the population,” Pierre said.
As well as the aftermath of the most recent quake, Haiti must also brace for the likely impact of Tropical Storm Grace, which appears to be headed toward it and could bring heavy rains and strong wind this week.
The quake also hit at a time of deep political turmoil, just weeks after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7.
Looking to offer words of comfort to a devastated population, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said: “We need to show a lot of solidarity with the emergency.”
Henry, who found himself at the helm of the struggling country after Moïse’s assassination, has said officials will look to hold elections for a new president as soon as possible.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that he was “saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti” and pledged a U.S. response.
“It’s devastating, it’s very troubling everything that’s going on right now. I know that both of us we woke up to the news – we have family members in Haiti, we have friends that have family members, loved ones, things like that, colleagues,” said Joanne Eloi, a resident of Sonoma County who was born in Haiti.
Eloi and her father, a pastor at the Novato Horeb Haitian SDA Church are heartbroken. New video and images coming out of Haiti are an all too familiar reminder of the 2010 earthquake.
“It’s hard to get in touch with our family members. My father – he has a brother that still lives in Haiti,” said Eloi.
“It’s almost impossible,” added Edner Eloi.
Based on Edner’s brother’s location, the Elois believe he is safe. Still, they worry about how much more this country can endure.
“With everything that’s going on in the world right now, with the pandemic, the assassination of the president,” said Eloi. “We have tropical storms on their way, hurricane season is coming upon Haiti… it’s like when will we get a break.”
Pastor Eloi has made six trips to Haiti, since the 2010 earthquake to help the country rebuild.
“Very sad and very nervous too, because the people we try to help them, but it’s so quick, something else happen to them,” he added.
Haiti’s new prime minister, in office just since July, declared a state of emergency Saturday.
“We have declared a state of emergency in the West, the South, Nippes, and the province of Grand’Anse. We have a medical emergency. The Health Ministry started the distribution of medicines in hospitals,” said Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
He also called on the nation to show a spirit of solidarity in the face of yet another crisis on Twitter.
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