Earthquake in Haiti
Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
- On August 14, 2021 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti limiting access to electricity, drinking water, and food supplies.
- As of August 19th, over 2000 deaths have been reported with thousands more injured.
- The US Embassy in Port au Prince issued an alert on August 14, 2021, advising US citizens to follow safety guidelines and monitor local media for updates. Medical care may be limited or unavailable. This Travel Health Notice will be updated as information becomes available.
If you must travel to Haiti, make sure to:
- Check all Travel Health Notices for Haiti:
- Check the Haiti destination page for additional health information.
- Check the US Department of State website including:
- Make an appointment with your clinician or travel medicine specialist to ensure that you have all necessary vaccinations and medicines.
- Pack a travel health kit.
Prevent illness and injury
- Often during earthquakes there may be damage to infrastructure, so use caution around downed power lines, water-affected electrical outlets, and interrupted gas lines.
- Access to uncontaminated food and water may be difficult after an earthquake. See Food and Water Safety for more information on how to reduce risk of diseases associated with contaminated food and water.
- Fuel-burning equipment, including generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, and camp stoves, creates carbon monoxide (CO). See Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency for information on how to use fuel-burning equipment safely after a power outage.
If you get sick during or after travel
- Seek medical care immediately and tell your healthcare provider about all activities you took part in during your trip.
- Health Information for Travelers to Haiti
- CDC Website for Natural Disasters and Severe Weather: Earthquakes
- Humanitarian Aid Workers (CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel)
Page last reviewed: August 25, 2021