“Haiti has suffered the devastation caused by a strong earthquake, and President Duterte, on behalf of the Philippines, expresses his sincere condolences and condolences to the Haitian government and people,” Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Locke said at a news conference on the same day. ”
Eduardo Me?ez, assistant foreign minister, had previously informed that an estimated 470 Filipinos were in Haiti and that no Filipino casualties had been reported so far. The Department will continue to observe the situation in Haiti.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey seismic information network news, local time on the 14th at 7:29, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the western province of Nipps, Haiti, the epicenter from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince about 150 kilometers, the depth of the epicenter of about 10 kilometers. Subsequently, there were several aftershocks, the largest to date 5.2 magnitude.
The quake killed 1,297 people and injured more than 5,700, AFP reported. Some 13,600 buildings were destroyed and more than 137,000 damaged, with many still trapped in the rubble. Local hospitals crowded into thousands of injured residents, adding to Haiti’s difficulties in fighting the new outbreak.