On Saturday night, Haiti registered a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, considered the strongest aftershock after the magnitude earthquake. 7,2 that struck the southern peninsula in the morning, which left at least 300 dead.
According to the reports from the United States Geological Survey, the hypocenter of the earthquake originated 12 kilometers deep in the department of Grand’Anse, in the extreme south of the island. So far, the impact and damage it may have caused is unknown.
Similarly, despite the fact that the aftershock may cause some victims and require “a response at the local or regional level,” the potential impact is expected to be “relatively localized,” according to the US institution.
The second tremor occurred as the Haitian people continued to recover from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that left a balance of 304 dead, more of 1,700 injured and extensive material damage that has not yet been assessed by the authorities.
Haiti earthquake🔴 At least 29 deaths confirmed after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Haiti pic.twitter.com/UNoyjJqIcN
– MRT in Spanish (@ActualidadMRT) August 14, 2021
Due to the magnitude of the natural disaster and the difficult situation Haiti is going through, the country’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, declared the state of emergency for a month. According to Henry, some cities were almost completely destroyed, with buildings partially collapsed and streets littered with rubble.