At Least 11 Dead In Haiti Earthquake

08 October, 2018, 14:57 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A woman stretches out her arms in prayer as balances a stone on her head as a form of penance during a Good Friday ritual in Ganthier Haiti

A local official said at least eight people died in Port-de-Paix on the northern coast near the epicenter of the magnitude 5.9 quake, which struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometers (7.3 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There was damage in the northern sections of the country, President Jovenel Moïse tweeted.

The civil protection agency issued a statement saying that some houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island.

The USGS said the center of the quake was about 11 miles northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude quake that killed approximately 230,000 people.

Another four people died in and around the town of Gros-Morne further south, including a boy struck by a falling building, mayor Jean Renel Tide said. He also said the government had sent water and food.

Two teams of Cuban doctors left for Haiti Sunday morning to attend to the victims of the country's 5.9 magnitude quake that took place on Saturday.


According Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis, a preliminary report indicated that 11 people had died and 135 injured. Port-de-Paix is the capital of the department. It was not immediately clear if it had done any notable damage.

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

Moise also visited Gros-Morne, about 30 miles to the southeast.

The building's guard, who was sleeping at the time of the quake, was killed.

The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake in January 2010 left more than 1.5 people homeless. Tens of thousands remain in makeshift camps. At least 10 people have been killed by an natural disaster, while over 135 people were injured as per the latest updates.

Longer-term reconstruction has been hampered by lingering political chaos in the nation of almost 11 million people, and by a deadly cholera epidemic introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers sent in after the quake.

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