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5.9 magnitude quake strikes Haiti, 11 dead

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Port-au-Prince: An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck off the northwest coast of Haiti late Saturday, killing at least 11 persons and causing damage to buildings in the Caribbean nation, authorities said.

The quake was centered about 12 miles (20 km) west-northwest of the coastal town of Port-de-Paix, at a depth of 11.7 km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The police chief for the northwest region, Jackson Hilaire, said at least seven were killed and more than 100 injured in Port-de-Paix.

Besides, four more persons were also reported dead in and around the town of the Gros-Morne further south, said Mayor Jean Renel Tide, adding that a part of a hospital and an auditorium collapsed in the tremor.

The tremor was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0-magnitude quake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, which killed at least 2 lakh people and wounded 3 lakh more.

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