Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after an quake with a magnitude of 5.9 rocked northwest Haiti on Saturday night, officials have confirmed.

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

The USGS said that quake was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix with a depth of 7.3 miles below the Earth's surface.

Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis said a preliminary report indicated that 11 people had died.

The tremor was also felt in the neighbouring Dominican Republic and in eastern Cuba.

In a tweet, President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm and said the risk management agency and regional civil protection details have been asked to assist those affected.

Emergency teams worked to provide relief in Haiti on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 natural disaster killed at least 11 people and left several injured.The government reported seven deaths in the Nord-Ouest province and four other deaths in the community of Gros-Morne in the province of Artibonite, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste quoted Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis as saying.

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The agency confirmed that some homes were destroyed or damaged, without offering specific figures.

The Miami Herald said however that at least seven people had been killed.

The quake was one of the strongest in Haiti since 2010 when a magnitude 7 left about 300-thousand people dead.

The area hit by Saturday's quake, the Nord-Ouest department, is the poorest part of what is a highly impoverished country.

A total of at least 12 people were killed in the quake, Interior Minister Fednel Monchery told radio station MAGK9.

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

These shocking pictures reveal the extent of the damaged caused to life in Haiti.

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