Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Haiti

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near Haiti last night killing at least 10 people, Haiti’s civil protection agency reports.

135 people were injured and are currently hospitalised, the agency wrote on Twitter.

A crisis cabinet has been created to coordinate all emergency responses to the earthquake, according to Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant.

“Damage has been recorded mainly in the Far North. All my sympathies to the victims. The executive at the highest level is mobilized to provide appropriate answers. I call on the population to be cautious and calm”, he said on twitter.

President Jovenel Moïse also tweeted that civil protection workers are already working to assist people in affected areas.

The quake was about 11 miles northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix. It was only 7.2 miles deep, according to the USGS.

There was no tsunami warning in effect following the quake, which was felt across the country.

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

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed an estimated 220,000 to 300,000 in January 2010.

News Reporter
%d bloggers like this: