Fears of widespread death, injury, and damage took hold Saturday morning after a large earthquake struck western Haiti, tremors that impacted highly-populated areas and triggered an initial tsunami warning for coastal areas in the Caribbean that were subsequently deemed unnecessary.\r\n\r\nAccording to an early analysis and alert on the quake issued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): \u0022High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe initial estimate by USGS put the earthquake at 7.2 magnitute and Haiti\u0026#039;s Civil Protection told CNN that fatalities and damage had occurred.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNoting the earthquake event on its site, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Sytem run by NOAA and the National Weather Service said Saturday that there was \u0022no tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat\u0022—despite earlier and initial concerns.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nITV News reports:\r\n\r\n\r\nPeople in the capital of Port-au-Prince felt the tremor and many rushed into the streets in fear.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nNaomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of Port-au-Prince, said she was jolted awake by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022I woke up and didn’t have time to put my shoes on. We lived the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022I 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,\u0022 Ms Verneus said.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe New York Times add:\r\n\r\n\r\nAt least two cities reported major devastation: Les Cayes and Jeremie. Phone lines were down in Petit Trou de Nippes, the epicenter of the quake, and no news emerged immediately from that city, leaving Haitian officials to fear for the worst.\r\n\r\n\u0022Many houses fell. Many people are trapped under the rubble,\u0022 said Widchell Augustin, 35, from Les Cayes, where he lives. \u0022We can hear people screaming under the rubble. People are running back-and-forth to the hospital.\u0022\r\n\r\nVideos emerged with people still in their pajamas or bath towels, out in the street seeking refuge from their violently trembling homes, assessing the devastation, many screaming. Entire three-story buildings were flattened to eye-level; another video showed a group of men sifting through rubble and trying to remove debris to extract someone stuck underneath.\r\n\r\n\r\nOn social media, video footage emerged from various towns across the region, including Les Cayes, on the south-west coast—where a reported broken water pipe sent people running in fear—and Pestel on the northern coast, where buildings were damaged and the injured were being brought to local hospitals:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSaturday\u0026#039;s quake—more powerful than the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the island nation in 2010 and killed well over 100,000 people—comes in the midst of deep political turmoil in the country following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July.\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re concerned that this earthquake is just one more crisis on top of what the country is already facing—including the worsening political stalemate after the president\u0026#039;s assassination, COVID and food insecurity,\u0022 Jean-Wickens Merone, a spokesman with World Vision Haiti, said in a statement.