A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck close to the northernmost tip of Haiti late on Saturday, injuring quite a lot of folks and inflicting some injury to buildings together with an auditorium that collapsed, authorities and media reported.
The quake struck about 20 kilometres west-northwest of the port of Port-de-Paix, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mentioned. Native media reported a minimum of one dying.
The quake was one of many strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.zero magnitude quake struck close to the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010, killing hundreds of individuals within the impoverished Caribbean nation.
In a publish on Twitter, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise urged folks to stay calm after the civil safety company mentioned the quake prompted accidents and panic in northern cities.
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Le Nouvelliste newspaper mentioned one particular person died when an auditorium collapsed within the city of Gros Morne, and that detainees have been launched from a police holding cell that was broken. Reuters couldn’t instantly verify the report.
The tremor broken the facade of a church within the city of Plaisance and a home subsequent door collapsed, Frantz Duval, a journalist with Le Nouvelliste, mentioned on Twitter.
Preliminary reviews on social media mentioned Saturday’s quake was felt in Port-au-Prince however had not prompted main injury there.