Haiti rocked by magnitude 5.5 earthquake

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – A magnitude of 5.5 earthquake rocked parts of Haiti early on Tuesday morning causing panic as well as damage to some buildings near Abricot in the Department of Grand’Anse.

The Haitian Civil Protection said that the epicentre of the quake was located at 18.68 degrees north latitude and 74.32 degrees west longitude, four kilometres (km) north-west of Abricot, 23 km north-west of Jérémie, 180 km northwest of Léogâne (West Department.) and 210km west of Port-au-Prince with a depth of 10 km.

It said that while there has been no report of loss of life, many buildings were damaged in Jérémie and Sainte Hélène and the quake had caused panic among the population.

Tuesday’s quake followed a 4.2 magnitude earthquake on Sunday in the same area.

The strongest earthquake in Haiti happened in 2021 when a tremor with a magnitude of 7.2 rocked the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country killing more than 2, 240 people.

READ: Death toll rises to 227 after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

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