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Haiti earthquake news today – Death toll raised to 1,297 as rescuers race to find thousands feared buried beneath rubble

HAITI STILL RECOVERING FROM PAST EARTHQUAKES

Haiti is still recovering from a magnitude 7 earthquake from 11 years ago that struck closer to the capital and killed at least 250,000 people, injured 300,000, and displaced more than 1.5 million.

“Everyone is really afraid. It’s been years since such a big earthquake,” Daniel Ross, a resident in the eastern Cuban city of Guantanamo, told Reuters, adding that his home stood firm but the furniture shook.

A video posted to social media depicted a chaotic and frightening scene in Les Cayes, where a building had collapsed onto a street and panic-stricken residents are heard crying out in the background.

The earthquake was also felt across the Caribbean, including in Jamaica and Cuba.

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