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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Haiti; claims around 10 lives

October 7, 2018 9:27 PM |

Haiti earthquakeAn earthquake of magnitude 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked northern parts of Haiti on late Saturday. At least 10 people have been killed by an earthquake, while over 135 people were injured as per the latest updates.

As the quake rattled Haiti, people were seen running out on streets from homes as several buildings and households are reported to have been damaged. Rescue operations have been underway and affected are being shifted to relief shelters. The epicentre of the earthquake was about 19 km, north-west of the city of Port-de-Paix.

Reportedly, the damage was concentrated in the northwest region of the island, with two minor aftershocks were also felt thereafter.

Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant told about the formation of a crisis cabinet that would coordinate with all emergency responses to the earthquake. He tweeted, “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,”.

The earthquake with magnitude 5.9 quake has been one of the strongest to hit the Caribbean nation since 2010.

January, 2010 had seen a major earthquake of 7.1 magnitude that had killed over 200,000 people. Tens of thousands of people were displaced.

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