At least 11 die in Haiti earthquake

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck just off the northwest coast of Haiti last evening, killing at least 11 people and causing damage to buildings in the Caribbean nation.

According to the US Geological Survey, epicentre of the quake was located about 19 kilometres northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix.

Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis said that a disaster response task force had been set up. The quake struck at 8:10 pm local time at a shallow depth of 11.7 kilometres.

The tremor was also felt in the capital Port-de-Prince. A massive in 2010 earthquake left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded in Haiti.

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

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