2 quakes shake southern Haiti; 2 deaths reported

Two moderate earthquakes shook southwest Haiti on Monday, killing two people and damaging homes as it created panic and prompted schools and businesses to close.

A magnitude 5.3 quake at 8:16 am (1316 GMT) was followed by a magnitude 5.1 quake nearly an hour later. Both were centered on Haiti’s southern peninsula, west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the US Geological Survey. It said both were centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the surface.

Haiti’s civil protection agency said at least two people died and two others were injured, with at least 35 homes reportedly damaged.

Yves Bossé, an elected official for the southern department of Nippes, told The Associated Press that one person died when the earthquake caused a landslide at a sand mine. He also said several homes were cracked and that businesses shut down for the day.

“People are scared to go back into their homes,” he said.

Sylvera Guillame, director of Haiti’s civil protection agency for the country’s southern region, told AP that schools in the area also closed and sent children home as a precaution.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwest Haiti on August 14, 2021 killing more than 2,200 people and damaging or destroying some 137,500 homes.

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