Massive quake in Haiti—thousands are feared dead

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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. 

The epicenter of the quake was 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the survey. 

People in the capital of Port-au-Prince felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear. 

Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of Port-au-Prince, said she was jolted awake by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking. 

“I woke up and didn’t have time to put my shoes on. We lived the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run. I later remembered my two kids and my mother were still inside. My neighbor went in and told them to get out. We ran to the street,” Verneus said.

Following Saturday’s quake, the US Geological Survey (USGS) estimated there was a 35 per cent chance of fatalities ranging between 1,000 and 10,000, and a 35 per cent chance of economic losses in the tens of millions.

Video clips and photos shared online in the aftermath show severe damage to buildings in the city of Jeremie, about 125 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, with rubble falling into the streets and crushing cars.

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