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Homes lay in ruins along an earthquake-damaged road in Rampe, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern part of the country. Photo Credit: Matias Delacroix, AP.
Homes lay in ruins along an earthquake-damaged road in Rampe, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern part of the country. Photo Credit: Matias Delacroix, AP.

Another earthquake hits the island of Haiti

At least two people are dead, several more injured and hundreds of homes were damaged as two tremors shook the island on Monday, Jan. 24. 

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In an unfortunate and devastating recurring theme for the island, Haiti is once again scrambling to recover after two earthquakes hit the island early Monday morning. 

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island’s southern peninsula at 8:16 a.m., followed by a magnitude 5.1 magnitude earthquake nearly an hour later, along with several aftershocks.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, both quakes were centered on Haiti’s southern peninsula, west of Port-au-Prince, and occurred about six miles below the surface. 

At least two people have died, dozens of schoolchildren were injured, at least 50 others were taken to the hospital, and hundreds of homes were left destroyed.

This latest tragedy is just a continuation of what has been an extremely difficult handful of years — and decades — for the nation.  

In August 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,200 people, and injured many more as thousands of homes and buildings were left damaged and destroyed. 

This happened just over a month after Haiti President Jovenel MoÏse was assassinated by Colombian assassins in his own home.

As thousands of Haitians sought to escape the devastation in Haiti and find refuge in different countries, unfair and brutal deportation methods took place, taking them back to Haiti. 

Monday’s earthquake takes place just two weeks after the 12-year anniversary of the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed over 200,000 and left millions homeless in 2010. 

More than a decade later, the effects of that quake are still being felt throughout the island. These more recent natural disasters and tragedies simply add more heartache and devastation to a country and its people that has had its fair share of it for far too long. 

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