The new earthquake hit Haiti hours after the great earthquake that left more than 300 dead. The 5.9 magnitude tremor was registered on Saturday night (14/8), according to the European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean (EMSC, its acronym in English).
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 8 km (4.97 miles). No victim information yet.
The other shock was of magnitude 7.2 and was recorded Also on Saturday, leaving more dead and 1,800 people injured in Haiti , According to the preliminary balance released by the country’s Civil Defense. According to Itamaraty, there is no news of Brazilians among the victims.
Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, lamented the deaths and declared a 30-day state of emergency in the country.
“My sentiments to the relatives of the victims of this earthquake that caused so much loss of human and material life in various departments across the country,” Henry wrote.
Earlier, a tsunami warning in the region was issued, but it was withdrawn shortly thereafter. According to the US Geological Survey, there is no longer a risk of tsunamis.
US President Joe Biden has appointed Samantha Power, director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), for immediate relief in Haiti.
The epicenter of the earthquake occurred eight kilometers from Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 kilometers from the capital Port-au-Prince, and at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Reports from Haitians
Brazilian Werner Elias Pereira lives in Port-au-Prince and told Metropolis about the apprehension of Haitian residents about the lack of information regarding the earthquake.
“We can’t make almost any calls. There is a lot of demand, according to the telephone companies”, he said. “I have friends who still don’t have news. The country is small, so everyone knows everyone,” he added