A deadly magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Haiti has killed at least 11 people with more than hundred people injured according to USGS.

The magnitude 5.9 quake was one of the strongest to hit the Caribbean nation since a magnitude 7 quake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people.

President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency reported the latest quake had caused outbreaks of panic in northern towns.

The agency said Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, the town of Chansolme and the island of Tortuga had suffered some of the worst damage. Some houses were completely destroyed by the tremor.

Le Nouvelliste newspaper said one person was killed when an auditorium collapsed in Gros-Morne and that detainees were released from a police holding cell that was damaged.

The unsuspected earthquake also damaged the facade of a church in the town of Plaisance and a house next door collapsed.

Big Wobble / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.

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