5.2-magnitude aftershock rattles northern Haiti

At 20:11 local time this Saturday the seismological services registered an quake with epicenter in the sea, 20 kilometers from Port de Paix, and 15, 3 kilometers deep.

The natural disaster was felt in the Haitian capital as well as in neighbouring Dominican Republic.

The Haitian Civil Protection Agency said early on Sunday that at least 135 people were being treated for injuries.

The death toll has climbed by 15 and more than 300 people injured as Haiti Monday assesses the damage caused by several earthquakes that hit the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country over the last weekend. Local press reports indicate that the situation is particularly serious in Gros Morne, where there are reports of massive damage to buildings and homes.

The police station of Port-de-Paix, in particular, has suffered damage, according to a photo published on its Twitter account by the National Police of Haiti.

Some houses were destroyed, it said.

The Haitian civil protection agency confirmed in a statement posted online that no tsunami warning had been issued in connection with the quake.

President Jovenel Moïse also tweeted that civil protection workers are already working to assist people in affected areas.

A boy that was injured by an aftershock receives treatment at the general hospital in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Haiti's Nord-Ouest department is the poorest part of the impoverished country, with many isolated areas due to the dire state of the roads. Tens of thousands of people are still displaced because of the quake.

In Haiti, officials have struggled to shore up buildings despite the two major fault lines along Hispaniola, which is the island shared with the Dominican Republic. Another 30 were injured in Gros-Morne.

The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake in January 2010 left more than 1.5 people homeless.

  • Rogelio Becker