Death toll rises after magnitude 7.2 quake rocks Haiti

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. Mountain Time: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s civil protection agency says at least 227 people have been killed and hundreds are injured and missing after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation.

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Courtesy: U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of the quake Saturday was 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry says the quake caused deaths and damage in various parts of the country.

People in the capital felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear, although there did not appear to be damage there.

The impoverished country is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center has forecasted that Tropical Storm Grace will reach Haiti late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

 

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