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Strong aftershock rattles north Haiti day after deadly quake

08 October, 2018, 14:57 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • 5.9 quake strikes Haiti shaking & damaging buildings

The U.S. Geologic Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. (0011 GMT) and was centered 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of Port-de-Paix on Haiti's north coast.

In a post on Twitter, President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency reported the latest quake had caused outbreaks of panic in northern towns. It was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometers) below the surface.

Four people were killed in and around the town of Gros-Morne farther south, local authorities said, including a woman who died from a heart attack suffered after the quake.

General Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Evelio Betancourt, said that two surgical teams were sent to support Haitian health personnel.

In 2010, an natural disaster with a magnitude of 7.0 killed an estimated 160,000 people and left more than a million others homeless in the French-speaking country.

Other deaths occurred in Gros Morne, a community in the Artibonite region, according to Eddy Jackson Alexis, the secretary of state for communications.

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Le Nouvelliste newspaper said one person died when an auditorium collapsed in the town of Gros Morne, and that detainees were released from a police holding cell that was damaged. The full extent of the damage was not clear though in parts of Port-de-Paix residents tried to go about their business normally on Sunday.

The civil protection agency officially confirmed the deaths of at least 10 people.

No immediate damage or injuries had been reported. Another 30 were injured in Gros-Morne.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes.

A major worldwide relief effort followed the devastating 7.0-magnitude quake that struck the island in January 2010, leaving more than 1.5 million people homeless.

A total of at least 12 people were killed in the quake, Interior Minister Fednel Monchery told radio station MAGK9. Tens of thousands of people were displaced.

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