Earthquake kills at least two in southwest Haiti


PORT AU PRINCE | At least two people were killed on Monday in a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked southwestern Haiti, the Haitian civil protection department told AFP.

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In Anse-à-Veau, a small coastal town 130 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, a woman died after a wall collapsed. In the town of Fonds-des-Nègres, 20 km further south, the second death was caused by a landslide.

The age of the victims has not yet been made public by the director of Haitian civil protection, Jerry Chandler.

Rescue teams present in the affected areas report several minor injuries and damage to at least 35 houses in Anse-à-Veau, a town located 3 km from the epicenter according to the United States Geological Survey Institute. United USGS.

Recorded at 8:16 a.m., the earthquake was felt as far away as the capital and was followed by a dozen tremors, including an aftershock of magnitude 5.1 less than an hour later.

The southwestern peninsula of Haiti had already been devastated on August 14 by a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 which killed more than 2,200 people and caused the destruction of more than 130,000 homes.

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