7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti claims over 300 lives


Haiti: At least 304 people have been killed after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti, reducing buildings to rubble and sending terrified residents running out of their homes in search of safety.

In a news conference on Saturday evening, the head of the country’s civil protection agency, Jerry Chandler, said 304 people had been confirmed dead – up from an initial toll of 29 – while at least 1,800 others were injured.

The earthquake struck on Saturday morning 12km (7.4 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, on Haiti’s southern Tiburon Peninsula, at a shallow depth of 10km (6.2 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

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