At least 11 dead after 5.9 magnitude quake in Haiti

At least 11 dead after 5.9 magnitude quake in Haiti

Haiti's civil protection agency issued a statement saying that houses were destroyed in cities of Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island by Saturday's temblor.

President Jovenel Moise took to Twitter to urge Haitians to "remain calm", and said local and regional authorities were assisting those in need.

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

Other rescue workers reported the collapse of part of a hospital and an auditorium as the quake hit on a rainy evening.

According to Reuters, the natural disaster has left 14 dead so far, mainly in Port de Paix and Gros Morne in Artibonite near the quake's epicenter that struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometers, 20 km off Haiti's northwest coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"The injured are being treated at area hospitals", the civil protection agency said, noting that some of the injuries were sustained when people panicked after the quake.

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

A strong aftershock sent panicked residents fleeing into the streets on Sunday - hours after a 5.9-magnitude quake killed at least 12 people along Haiti's northwest coast. On Sunday morning he said that he was en route to Port-de-Paix and Gros-Morne.

Thousands of people along Haiti's north coast have dragged mattresses and chairs outside, fearing new aftershocks.

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.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes.

The Cuban ambassador to Haiti, Luis Castillo, confirmed to Prensa Latina that the embassy went undamaged. In Gros-Morne, one bed was covered in rubble, while the exterior walls of some homes were visibly cracked. The only major damage was a cultural center in Gros Morne that collapsed, Civil Protection said.