Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 in Haiti leaves at least two dead | News


The Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti specified this Monday that at least two people died after an earthquake in the south of the country, at the same time 35 houses that suffered damage were reported.


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According to the authorities, a man died in a small coastal town 130 km west of the capital, in Anse-á-Veau, after the collapse of a wall, while in the town of Fond-des-Négres, 20 km further south, another person died as a result of a landslide.

Civil Protection declared that the magnitude 5.3 earthquake had the Nippes department as its epicenter and was recorded at 08:16 (local time), the phenomenon caused damage to the section of road between the communities of St-Sauveur and Petite-Riviere-de- Nippe.

The Haitian organization also indicated that people were injured in the cities of Miragoane, capital of Nippes, as well as Fond des Négres. Local governments sent volunteers to the affected areas to provide assistance.

The seismological services recorded at least 20 telluric movements of lesser intensity and damage was also reported on the Teinturier bridge, located in the southern region.

Haiti had already been devastated on August 14 by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that caused more than 2,200 people to lose their lives and as a consequence more than 130,000 houses were destroyed.

The director of the Haitian Bureau of Mines and Energy, Claude Preptit, said that the sequence of earthquakes that occurred in the Caribbean nation have been considered as aftershocks of the August 14 earthquake.

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