7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Haiti, prompts tsunami warning

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7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Haiti, prompts tsunami warning

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Haiti on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning followed for the battered country, still reeling from the assassination of its president last month.

The temblor struck around 8:30 a.m. The USGS recorded a 5.2 magnitude aftershock around 8:49 a.m.

The epicenter of the quake was 7.5 miles northeast Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the survey.

The capital of Port-au-Prince felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear. That city was devastated in 2010 by a massive earthquake that killed over 150,000 people.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows the location of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hitting near Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows the location of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hitting near Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti.
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