PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – 2 moderate earthquakes have rattled southwest Haiti, killing 2 and injuring dozens of people, including students on Monday, reported the country’s media.
“At least 2 killed, 50 injured after M5.3 earthquake and series of aftershocks hit Haiti”, The Watchers reported via a Tweet.
Later, when the details arrived from the country’s media, it was found out that several homes had been destroyed in that region due to the earthquakes.
“A 5.3 magnitude #earthquake hit #haiti this morning. Please keep Haiti in your thoughts and prayers”, Tweeted Haitians Belong.
The first earthquake recorded of 5.3 magnitudes shook the region at around 8:16 a.m. Before the second one of 5.1 magnitudes hit Haiti’s southern peninsula, Port-au-Prince just an hour later, reported the U.S. Geological Survey.
The authorities further revealed that both the earthquakes occurred 6 miles beneath the surface.
The civil protection agency of Haiti reported, “at least two people died and dozens of schoolchildren were injured” and added that “50 people between the ages of 15 and 23 were in a state of shock and taken to the hospital”.
Around 191 homes were completely destroyed, and 591 were damaged in the areas that felt a more vigorous shake.
An official from the southern department of Nippes, Yves Bossé revealed to the Associated Press that “one person died when the earthquake caused a landslide at a sand mine”, further adding that, “homes were cracked and businesses shut down for the day.”
“The Haitian people have been through so much already, my heart goes out to those impacted by another deadly #haitiearthquake today”, wrote Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for the region that was rocked by strong tremors the last summer, killing 2000 people.