Musicians are sending their thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean country on Saturday (Aug. 14).
Artists like Cardi B, Don Omar, Steven Van Zandt and more reacted on social media to the 7.2 magnitude quake, which struck off Haiti’s coast about 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud. At least 225 people had been killed at press time, the Miami Herald reports. Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection estimates that number could stretch into the thousands.
“I got a soft spot for Haiti and it’s people. They my cousins,” Cardi tweeted on Saturday. “I pray for Haiti they go thru soo much. God please cover that land and it’s people.”
Omar also addressed the disaster, tweeting in Spanish, “In times of tragedy we have been a united people who have managed to move forward, now is the time to unite and help in this tragedy #Haiti.”
Van Zandt, meanwhile, replied to a fan’s tweet about not discussing politics over the weekend. “NONE! Let’s send some positive energy to Haiti! Man that country is cursed,” the musician wrote.
Haiti is still recovering from a 5.9 earthquake in 2018 that killed more than a dozen people, and a 7.1 magnitude quake in 2010 that damaged the impoverished country’s capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people, according to the Associated Press.
Saturday’s devastating earthquake also arrives at a time when Haiti is experiencing a political crisis following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in early July.
See more reactions to Haiti’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake below.