A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti early Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake’s epicenter struck 7.5 miles from Saint-Louis du Sud, a small coastal town in western Haiti that is about 100 miles from Port-au-Prince, the Haiti’s capital.
“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to USGS. “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”
According to the U.S. Tsunami warning system, no tsunami warning was issued for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts after the earthquake.
According to the Associated Press, Port-au-Prince residents fled the streets in fear following the quake.
It is still recovering from the devastating magnitude 7 earthquake of 2010, which killed 300,000 people and made many homeless. A magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck in 2018 killed more than a dozen people.
Naomi Verneus, 34-year-old Port-au-Prince resident said that she was awakened when her bed began shaking.
She said, “I woke up and didn’t have the time to put on my shoes,” “We lived through the 2010 earthquake, and all I could do to run was run.”