At least 10 die after 5.9-magnitude natural disaster strikes Haiti

April FrancisOct 08, 2018

On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating magnitude-7 quake which killed more than 300,000 people and destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince. It killed tens of thousands of people. It said the injured are receiving treatment in hospitals.

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 sheer power of the quake measuring 5.9 on the richter scale covered an area of 7.3 miles ( 11.7 Kilometres) stretching from Port-de-Paix on the northern coast to the town of Gros-Morne further south.

It was felt lightly in the capital, as well as in the neighboring Dominican Republic and in eastern Cuba, where no damage was reported. Deep poverty and government instability have also rendered weaker homes and structures particularly vulnerable in earthquakes.

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

The agency said damage and injuries mostly occurred in the northwest region of the island, where two minor aftershocks were also felt.

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A woman watching the scene, 49-year-old Rosette Jerome, said no one in her neighborhood had been killed "but a child was seriously injured when a piece of the wall fell on it".

The prison and police station in Port-de-Paix were damaged, leading some inmates to try to escape.

He had said earlier he was headed to Port-de-Paix and another quake-hit city, Gros-Morne, about 50 kilometers to the southeast.

It was not clear if there was an event in the auditorium at the time, and no other details on the circumstances of the fatalities were immediately available.

The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake in January 2010 left more than 1.5 people homeless.

President Jovenel Moise called on Haitians in a Twitter post to "remain calm" amid reports of panic in several places in the north.

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