At least 11 die after 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

  07 October 2018    Read: 1225
At least 11 die after 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

An earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Haiti has killed at least 11 people and injured more than a hundred when several buildings collapsed, the Guardian reported.

The 5.9-magnitude quake struck near the northernmost tip of Haiti late on Saturday, causing damage to buildings, including an auditorium that collapsed and a hospital, authorities and media reported.

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

The police chief for the north-west region, Jackson Hilaire, said at least seven people were killed and more than 100 injured in Port-de-Paix. Another four people died in and around the town of Gros-Morne further south, including a boy struck by a falling building, said the mayor, Jean Renel Tide.

Rescue workers reported the collapse of part of a hospital and an auditorium as the quake hit on a rainy evening.

The quake was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0-magnitude quake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, killing thousands of people in the impoverished Caribbean country.

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.

 


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