The United States Geological Survey has stated that Haiti has been hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.
The quake, which was felt in the capital of Port-au-Prince and has caused concerns about a tsunami threat for the Caribbean country. The earthquake occurred at around 8.30 am local time and had a depth of 10km. Its impact was so large that the likes of Cuba and Jamaica felt the quake.
The extent of the damage is not evident at the moment, but images that have been shared on social media suggest that the southwest of the island near the quake’s epicentre have been seriously impacted. One image has even shown that the spire of the 19th century St Louis King of France Cathedral in Jérémie has collapsed.
This incident comes shortly after the US Geological Survey reported a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Alaska.