5.9 quake strikes Haiti, shaking & damaging buildings

Hugh Fox
October 8, 2018

According to Reuters, the natural disaster has left 14 dead so far, mainly in Port de Paix and Gros Morne in Artibonite near the quake's epicenter that struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometers, 20 km off Haiti's northwest coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

President Jovenel Moïse urged the people to remain calm noting that "risk management system and the regional civil Protection directorates" have been activated to help the affected area.

The country's civil protection agency issued a statement saying several people were injured and some houses destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island.

The epicenter of the quake was located about 19 kilometres northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix, the US Geological Survey reported.

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The quake struck at 8:10 pm (0010 GMT Sunday) at a shallow depth of 11.7 kilometers. He also said the government had sent water and food.

"An quake of magnitude 5-point-9 struck off the northern coast of Haiti on Saturday afternoon local time".

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

Port-de-Paix and the northern island of Tortuga, were also among the areas worse hit. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

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Local newspaper Le Nouvelliste stated that one person was killed when an auditorium collapsed in the town and detainees were released from a damaged police holding cell.

This morning he told his 158,000 followers that he was en route to Port-de-Paix and Gros-Morne.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is especially vulnerable to earthquakes. Residents using saws or their bare hands scrambled to recover metal support rods from the debris for resale, before being chased away by authorities.

In January 2010, a 7.1 magnitude quake killed an estimated 220,000 to 300,000 people in Haiti. Overall, around five million people were displaced by the quake when it struck the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

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