Haiti Earthquake 2012: 4.6 Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Port-au-Prince

 
on March 08 2012 11:35 AM
Haiti earthquake
A man calls for help while being trapped at the Port-au-Prince University, after a major earthquake struck, in Port-au-Prince in this January 13, 2010 video grab. A major earthquake rocked Haiti, killing possibly thousands of people as it toppled the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike and leaving the poor Caribbean nation appealing for international help. Reuters Photo

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has hit southern Haiti near the capital of Port-au-Prince. The United States Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered at 24 miles southeast of the capital and had a depth of 3 miles. It occurred on Wednesday night at 9:51 EDT, reported the Associated Press.

There are no reports of casualties or serious damages.

Residents ran into the streets in fear, recalling the January 2010 earthquake that left 314,000 dead, 300,000 injured and 1.6 million people homeless. The 7.0 magnitude quake devastated the country, destroying 100,000 homes and damaging another 200,000 around Port-au-Prince.

Wycleaf Jean tweeted the following message to his Haitian fans: Checking on my people in Haiti after a 4.6 earthquake that just hit a while ago tweet me let me know you (sic) ok!

Jean is the founder of the emergency relief charity Yele Haiti Foundation that raised money for relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake. He initially ran in the 2010 Haitian presidential election but his bid for candidacy was turned down because he did not meet proper residency requirements. 

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