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At least two earthquakes hit southern Haiti

At least two earthquakes hit southern Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Haitian authorities registered at least two earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 and 5.6 on the Richter scale, with their epicenter in the Nippes department, in the south of the country.

The Ayiti seismes platform, made up of state and private institutions such as the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME), the State University of Haiti, among others, reported that the tremors occurred at a depth of between two and three kilometers, at 08:16 and 09:06 local time, respectively.

In addition, they reported at least seven aftershocks, the largest of which was 4.7 magnitude, in the vicinity of the first quake.

At the moment, the authorities did not report material damage, loss of human life or injuries; however, the telluric movements caused panic among the residents.

A 7.2 tremor occurred on August 14th in the same area, causing the death of at least 2,200 people and 12,700 injured.

In addition, close to a million citizens required urgent assistance.

Haiti is located on an extensive network of geological faults and in 2021 alone, seismic services recorded 1,647 earthquakes, which represents an increase of 230 percent compared to 2020, when 499 were reported throughout the national territory, according to a report from BME.


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