At least 11 dead in Haiti due to earthquake of 5.9 magnitude

PRINCE PORT. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred Saturday night north of Port de Paix, in the northwestern department of Haiti, caused at least 11 deaths, according to the government’s Secretary of State for Communication, Eddy Jackson Alexis. the agency Efe.

The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded 20 kilometers north of Port-de-Paix (in the north of the country) and 175 kilometers from Port-au-Prince, with a depth of 15.3 kilometers, at 8:11 pm, according to reports in its website Geological Service of the United States (USGS, acronym in English).

Earlier, Haiti’s Civil Protection Service confirmed injured people and infrastructure damage in its first newsletter about the event.

The most affected places according to Civil Protection are: Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island, with houses destroyed and cracked, including the church of Saint-Michel in Plaisance.

The impact was felt throughout the country, creating panic in several cities, according to the testimony of the Civil Protection teams. The tremor was also felt in almost the entire territory of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Santo Domingo with Haiti, in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, urged the population to remain calm. He reported that the risk management system and the regional civil protection directorates are on alert to help the inhabitants of the affected areas.