Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster strikes neighbouring Haiti

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster strikes neighbouring Haiti

In 2010, an quake with a magnitude of 7.0 killed an estimated 160,000 people and left more than a million others homeless in the French-speaking country.

A local official said at least eight people died in Port-de-Paix on the northern coast near the epicenter of the magnitude 5.9 quake, which struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometers (7.3 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Early reports coming from the country is that at least one person has died and a number of others were injured.

Shortly after the natural disaster, President Jovenel Moise urged the population to remain calm, adding that the risk management system and regional civil protection directorates were on alert to help residents of affected areas where access was hard due to poor infrastructure.

Among the damaged buildings was a church in the northern town of Plaisance, the agency said.

Rescue workers reported the collapse of part of a hospital in Gros-Morne and an auditorium as the quake hit on a rainy evening.

There was an unusual buzz of activity, however, at the site in Gros-Morne where a community center had collapsed.

Moise called on the population to remain calm after dozens of people left their homes in the capital. It was only 7.2 miles deep.

General Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Evelio Betancourt, said that two surgical teams were sent to support Haitian health personnel.

The building's guard, who was sleeping at the time of the quake, was killed.

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

The UN representative in Haiti, Helen La Lime, also offered help.

The quake was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010, killing thousands of people in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Damage was estimated to total 120 percent of GDP in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

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