I ask this question because of a 7.2 earthquake has hit Haiti (again)…..
Crews in Haiti were trying Saturday to reach people trapped in the rubble after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in the morning, killing at least 304 people. At least 1,800 are injured, the government said. As rescuers worked, at least six aftershocks shook the region, one of which was magnitude 5.1. An American Red Cross spokeswoman said there’s “significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure,” CNN reports. Hospitals were overwhelmed in at least two cities, per the New York Times; Les Cayes and Jeremie reported serious destruction. “There are a lot of people coming in—a lot of people,” said a hospital administrator in Jeremie. “We don’t have enough supplies.” Phone lines were down in Petit Trou de Nippes, the quake’s epicenter, so the damage there was unknown. Haiti was already dealing with a political crisis, after its president was assassinated last month. In addition, UN agencies report acute or severe food insecurity among 46% of the population, among the highest percentages in the world.
Witnesses described, and videos showed, a chaotic situation as people fled their homes when the earthquake hit. “Many houses fell. Many people are trapped under the rubble,” said a resident of Les Cayes. “We can hear people screaming under the rubble.” Among the difficulties relief crews face is having to reach devastated areas by air because gangs control a main road, per the Washington Post. The small airstrip in Les Cayes already can’t accommodate the relief efforts. “There isn’t a lot of capacity in that area to handle assistance,” a spokesperson for Mercy Corps said. Relief agencies and UN officials are flying over Haiti’s west and south to assess the damage. The US Geological Survey quickly predicted casualties will be high; the earthquake released about twice as much energy as one that killed more than 200,000 people in 2010. The government has declared a state of emergency that will be in effect for a month.
Keep in mind the earthquake of 2009 was only 7.0……
But I ask the question in the title because Haiti has been the site of several natural disasters since 2009…..
- 20 October: heavy rain in the Haitian capital and its suburbs. Carrefour, in the southern suburbs, was completely flooded.
- 12 January: the magnitude 7.0 2010 Haiti earthquake which occurred on 12 at 16:53, local time. The earthquake killed between 100,000 and 316,000 people. Its epicentre was at approximately 25 km from Port-au-Prince, the capital. A dozen secondary shocks of magnitudes ranging from 5.0 to 5.9 were registered during the hours which followed. It was one of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded.
- 20 January: A second earthquake of magnitude 6.1 occurred on 20 January 2010 at 06:03 local time. Its epicentre was at approximately 59 km west of Port-au-Prince, and at least 10 km beneath the surface.
- 20 October: A Cholera epidemic hit outside of Port-au-Prince, killing at least 3,597 and sickening over 340,000.
- 5 November: Hurricane Tomas hits and kills at least 10 Haitians causing damage and worsening the cholera epidemic.
- 24 October: Hurricane Sandy passes just west of Haiti, delivering heavy rainfall and leaving some areas with catastrophic flooding. At least 108 people were killed and 21 were left missing. Around 200,000 people were left homeless as of October 29.
- 3–4 October: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti with catastrophic flooding of up to 40 inches and storm surge of up to 10 feet. At least 580 people were killed and more than 35,000 left homeless by the storm.
- 6 October: A 5.9 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 11.7km occurred at 20:11 local time killing 12 people and injuring 188. Damage was mainly recorded in the far north of the island as stated by the Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant.
- 23 August: Hurricane Laura was a deadly and destructive Category 4 hurricane that was tied with the 1856 Last Island hurricane and it killed 31 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic.
- 14 August: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Southwestern Haiti. It’s epicenter was about 10 km from Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, approximately 150 km (93 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The quake left behind significant damage. Tsunami warnings were immediately issued as several small tsunami waves struck surrounding areas. The death toll has risen to 304, but is expected to grow.
- Now Haiti is in the path of Tropical Storm Grace
Haitians are bracing for another disaster that could pile onto a death count that’s already surpassed 300 in the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake. Per NBC News, Tropical Storm Grace looks likely to batter the ailing island nation later this week. Per CNN, all of Haiti is under a tropical storm watch as Grace approaches with sustained winds currently clocking in at 40mph. Much of the Dominican Republic, to Haiti’s east, is under a tropical storm warning.
Let’s not forget the coup attempt in August against the president of the country….more social disaster…..
Now do you see why I ask that question?
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”