The epicenter of today’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake near Haiti is about 60 miles west of the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti, according to CNN supervising meteorologist Brandon Miller.
The devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010 in Haiti struck on January 12, 2010. The death toll from this earthquake is estimated between 220,000 and 300,000 people, with an additional 300,000 injured. One and a half million people were initially displaced, and more than 32,000 are still displaced as of January 2020.
Today’s earthquake was further from the capital Port-au-Prince and the most populous areas of Haiti.
Initial CNN weather calculations show that about 2.5 million people live within 50 miles of the epicenter. For comparison, the 2010 earthquake affected approximately 6.5 million people living within a 50 mile radius.
The construction of many buildings in Haiti “just cannot withstand these kinds of earthquakes,” CNN’s Patrick Oppmann said from Cuba.
“Haiti is simply not a country set up to respond to this kind of event. They needed a lot of help after the 2010 earthquake. You think they will need help again. In the midst of a pandemic, it’s going to be even more complicated, ”Oppmann said.
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