Earthquake in Haiti

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Earthquake in Haiti

A 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in the Caribbean nation already reeling from the assassination of its president in July.

Florida

HAITI

Cuba

Dominican

Republic

Jamaica

Puerto Rico

Authorities in Haiti had confirmed at least 1,941 deaths as of Tuesday after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday, August 14. The quake reduced churches, hotels, schools and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation.

7.2-magnitude earthquake, 8:29am ET Aug. 14

Shake intensity

Light

Moderate

Cap-Haitien

Strong

Very strong

Gonaïves

Caribbean

Sea

HAITI

Jeremie

Port-au-Prince

Epicenter

Jacmel

Les Cayes

50 mi

Dominican

Republic

50 km

Shake intensity

Light

Moderate

Cap-Haitien

Strong

Very strong

Gonaïves

Caribbean

Sea

HAITI

Jeremie

Port-au-Prince

Epicenter

Dominican

Republic

Jacmel

Les Cayes

50 mi

50 km

Shake intensity

Light

Moderate

Cap-Haitien

Strong

Very strong

Gonaïves

Caribbean

Sea

HAITI

Dominican

Republic

Jeremie

Epicenter

Port-au-Prince

Jacmel

Les Cayes

50 mi

50 km

The 7.2-magnitude quake struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the United States Geological Survey said. It was followed by a series of aftershocks.

The shallow quake - felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica - and its aftershocks were potentially more severe than the magnitude-7 earthquake that killed tens of thousands on the island in 2010.

The areas in and around the city of Les Cayes - some 150 km (93 miles) west of the Caribbean country’s capital Port-au-Prince - suffered the biggest hit, putting enormous strain on local hospitals, some of which were badly damaged.

Collapsed cement buildings lined the main street of the seafront city of 100,000 people. The city’s general hospital was overwhelmed, with doctors and nurses attending patients in tents set up in a crowded parking lot because there was no more room inside.

Damage in Les Cayes

LES CAYES

Sacre Coeur des

Cayes church

Hospital

Hospital

North

100M

Destroyed

Damaged

Possibly damaged

LES CAYES

Sacre Coeur des

Cayes church

Hospital

Hospital

Parc Lande de

Gabion stadium

Hundreds of people

have set up a

makeshift camp

North

Baie des Cayes

100M

Destroyed

Damaged

Possibly damaged

LES CAYES

Sacre Coeur des

Cayes church

Hospital

Hospital

Parc Lande de

Gabion stadium

Hundreds of people

have set up a

makeshift camp

North

100M

Baie des Cayes

Destroyed

Damaged

Possibly damaged

LES CAYES

Sacre Coeur des

Cayes church

Hospital

Hospital

Parc Lande de

Gabion stadium

Hundreds of people

have set up a

makeshift camp

Baie des Cayes

North

100M

Destroyed

Damaged

Possibly damaged

LES CAYES

Sacre Coeur des

Cayes church

Hospital

Hospital

North

Baie des Cayes

100M

Destroyed

Damaged

Possibly damaged

Tropical Storm Grace

While rescue teams toiled to dig out survivors of the quake, a storm dumped heavy rain on the southern coast of Haiti, bringing flooding near the worst-hit areas and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, local residents said.

Tropical storm

Tropical depression

Cuba

Dominican

Republic

Haiti

Tropical storm Grace

Tues.

12 p.m.

Tues.

6 a.m.

Tues.

12 a.m.

Mon.

6 p.m.

Mon.

12 p.m.

The storm reduced to a tropical depression as it passed Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Tropical storm

Tropical depression

Cuba

Haiti

Dominican

Republic

Tropical storm Grace

Tues.

12 p.m.

Tues.

6 a.m.

Tues.

12 a.m.

Mon.

6 p.m.

Mon.

12 p.m.

The storm reduced to a tropical depression as it passed Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Tropical storm

Tropical depression

Cuba

Haiti

Dominican

Republic

Tropical storm Grace

Tues.

12 p.m.

Tues.

6 a.m.

Tues.

12 a.m.

Mon.

6 p.m.

Mon.

12 p.m.

The storm reduced to a tropical depression as it passed Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Tropical storm

Tropical depression

Cuba

Haiti

Dominican

Republic

Tropical storm Grace

Jamaica

Tues.

12 p.m.

Tues.

6 a.m.

Tues.

12 a.m.

Mon.

6 p.m.

Mon.

12 p.m.

The storm reduced to a tropical depression as it passed Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Tropical storm

Tropical depression

Cuba

Haiti

Dominican

Republic

Tropical storm Grace

Puerto Rico

Jamaica

Tues.

12 p.m.

Tues.

6 a.m.

Tues.

12 a.m.

Mon.

6 p.m.

Mon.

12 p.m.

The storm reduced to a tropical depression as it passed Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic

“Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding,” said Bruno Maes, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in Haiti.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it had resumed rescue and relief operations on Tuesday morning after suspending them during the storm and was working with international partners to scale up assistance.

Sources

USGS; Copernicus; NOAA

Graphics by

Ally J. Levine and Chris Canipe

Edited by

Tom Hogue