7.2 magnitude earthquake near Haiti

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“There are likely to be many casualties and the disaster is likely to be widespread,” the statement said USGS.

Haiti’s Civil Defense Department told CNN there were deaths and damage.

According to the US Tsunami Warning System, a tsunami threat issued for the region is over.
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The earthquake was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 13 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, between 220,000 and 300,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more injured.

An aftershock measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck about 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Cavaillon, Haiti, later in the morning, according to the USGS.

Haiti is in the cone of Tropical Storm Grace, and the storm could impact the area Monday through Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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