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Pictures of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti

Pictures of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti

Buildings are not protected against earthquakes

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

Authorities are still investigating the extent of damage caused by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit southern Haiti on Saturday (8/14).

It is known that at least 227 people were killed and dozens injured.

The earthquake also left a trail of physical destruction in a poor country, where not all buildings are prepared to withstand seismic activity in the region. Local authorities have reported structural damage in the city of Jeremy and the capital, Port-au-Prince.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was about 12 kilometers northeast of Saint-Louis-de-Sud.

See photos of the damage caused by the earthquake:

Injured woman on a stretcher

Injured woman on a stretcher

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

A building destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti and its walls collapsed

A building destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti and its walls collapsed

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

Men try to rescue a survivor from under the rubble

Men try to rescue a survivor from under the rubble

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

The walls of destroyed buildings

The walls of destroyed buildings

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

The aerial photo shows the destruction of an entire block

The aerial photo shows the destruction of an entire block

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

Laughing after the earthquake

Laughing after the earthquake

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

Men watch the wreck

Men watch the wreck

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency/BBC News Brazil

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