5.9 magnitude natural disaster in Haiti leaves at least 14 dead

Saul Bowman
October 9, 2018

A 5.9 magnitude quake shook Haiti over the weekend, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores more.

A local official said at least eight people died in Port-de-Paix on the northern coast near the epicenter of this morning's quake.

Four others were killed in the town of Gros-Morne, about 50 kilometers to the southeast, the spokesman said. Another person was killed in a house collapse in the town of Chansolme and one other person in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

AFP journalists in the Caribbean nation of 11 million reported strong shaking, felt around the coastal city of Port-de-Paix.

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

By sunrise Sunday, 12 people had died, 135 were injured and dozen of buildings damaged or destroyed. It was only 7.2 miles deep.

Sister Maryse Alsaint walks alongside a school damaged by a magnitude 5.9 quake the night before in Gros Morne, Haiti, today.

The toll in the natural disaster that hit Haiti increased to 14, reported Reuters on Monday.

'The shock was felt across all departments of the country, giving rise to panic in several towns, ' Haiti's civil protection agency said in a statement.

Among the dead from Saturday night's quake were a 5-year-old boy crushed by his collapsing house and a man killed in a falling auditorium.

In Gros-Morne, some people walked along the street while looking up at the cracked exterior walls of homes.

In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

After the tremor, which occurred nearly nine years after a 7.0 magnitude quake shook Port-au-Prince and left more than 300,000 people dead, President Jovenel Moïse appealed for calm.

Among the damaged buildings was a church in the northern town of Plaisance, the agency said. Parts of a hospital and an auditorium collapsed in Gros-Morne, where parliamentarian Alcide Audne told The Associated Press that two of the deaths occurred.

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