At least 11 dead as quake topples homes in northern Haiti

Lamar Ellis
October 8, 2018

At least 10 people were killed after a magnitude 5.9 natural disaster struck near Haiti on Saturday night, according to Haiti's civil protection agency.

In a post on Twitter, Haiti's president, Jovenel Moïse, urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency said the quake caused injuries and panic in northern towns.

According to a statement from the country's Civil Protection agency, several people were injured in Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Tortuga island, where houses were destroyed or damaged.

The USGS says the aftershock's epicenter was located 15.8 kilometres (9.8 miles) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix, and had a depth of 10 kilometres.

The quake struck about 12.3 miles (20 kms), west-northwest of the port of Port-de-Paix, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The Miami Herald said however that at least seven people had been killed. It said the injured are receiving treatment in hospitals.

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The tremor was reportedly felt in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Poverty and political instability have prevented Haiti from shoring up weaker buildings despite the two major fault lines along the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.

Rescue workers in Haiti said they were not looking for any more victims, although residents appeared to be jolted by the shake.

"The house can fall at any time", he said. Dozens of others sifted through debris before hauling away rebar to recycle and sell.

Moise tweeted pictures from Port-de-Paix, where he was briefed at the region's emergency response center, met victims, viewed damage to the police headquarters and offered thanks to local officers. Parliamentarian Alcide Audne told The Associated Press that two of the deaths occurred in the auditorium.

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. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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