HBCU Writers's Project
For Immediate Release
March 16, 2012
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Bendiane Zephir
Florida A&M University

(BPRW) 4.6-Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles Haiti Again

(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) "" According to the United States Geological Survey, on March 7th at about 9:51:32 p.m. EDT, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake panicked southern Haiti.

The earthquake was centered 22 miles (37 kilometers) southeast of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince and was about 3 miles (4.9 kms) deep.

After the devastating earthquake that left many Haitians traumatized on January 12, 2010, the rattle they felt from this year's earthquake caused some residents to run into the streets in fear that their homes would collapse again.

Although the 7-magnitude earthquake killed 314,000 Haitians in 2010, there has been no immediate report of death and serious damages with this 4.6-magnitude earthquake.

Marguerite Supre, an 82-year-old Haitian-born U.S. citizen said, "When I first became aware of this earthquake, I got scared and started to panic because of my daughter. I just wanted to know she was safe."

Her daughter Guerdy Ambroise has been in Haiti her whole life. She explained that during the 2010 earthquake she nearly lost her life.

"After I felt my house shaking, I ran out into the street not knowing what was going on," said Amboise.

After exiting the home, the roof crumbled right into the home. Her mother explained that if it weren't for her prayers and God's grace on behalf of her daughter, she would be dead right now.

In this year's earthquake, Amboise immediately left her bed and ran into the street after feeling the rumble.

"Because I did not want the roof to cave in again, I left my house as soon as I felt the shaking," said Amboise.

Frantz Lamour, the pastor of Holy Church of Grace, a Haitian church in West Palm Beach, was visiting in Haiti while the earthquake happened.

"I did not feel the earthquake because I was not in the area where it occurred. But my conference was in Port-au-Prince and most people were still in the tent city that was created from the earthquake in 2010."

Although this year's earthquake did not cause any major damages or injuries, Haitians still fear the trauma of 2010's earthquake.

Wyclef Jean the founder of the emergency relief charity Yele Haiti Foundation tweeted, "Checking on my people in Haiti after a 4.6 earthquake that just hit a while ago tweet me let me know you ok!"

One of his followers retweeted him back saying that he felt it in Port-au-Prince. He then proceeded to say that people should pray, "Not again in Haiti no more earthquakes please God. "

For more information on Yele Haiti Foundation and how to donate please visit http://www.yele.org/.