Powerful earthquake hits Haiti – The New York Times – .

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, seismologists said, rocking the impoverished Caribbean country still recovering from a disastrous earthquake more than 11 years ago.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake struck five miles from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes in the western part of the country, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Seismologists said it was seven miles deep. It was felt as far as Jamaica, 200 miles away.

The earthquake could hardly have come at a worse time for the nation of 11 million people, which has been in the grip of a political crisis since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7.

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