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Haiti hit by 7.2 earthquake, Tropical Storm Grace approaches

Double trouble for Haiti which was rocked by a 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning while bracing for Tropical Storm Grace to hit the island around Tuesday.

At least 227 people were killed and hundreds were injured and missing according to Haiti’s civil protection agency.

The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Haiti. It was six miles deep and 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the survey.

People in the capital of Port-au-Prince felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear.

Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of Port-au-Prince, told AP that she was jolted awake by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.

“I woke up and didn’t have time to put my shoes on. We lived the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run. I later remembered my two kids and my mother were still inside. My neighbor went in and told them to get out. We ran to the street,” Verneus said.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, left between 220,000 and 300,000 people dead and injured hundreds of thousands more.

The spate of bad luck continues for the struggling nation as Tropical Storm Fred just raked past the island last week and gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on July 7.