At least 11 dead after 5.9 magnitude quake in Haiti

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Rescue teams in Haiti are now working to provide relief in the aftermath of the 5.9 magnitude natural disaster that rocked sections of the country late yesterday. "Many houses are destroyed or damaged", it said.

Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis told AFP that 11 people were so far reported dead, seven of them in Port-de-Paix, the capital of Haiti's Nord-Ouest department.

The town of Chansolme and the small island of Tortuga also suffered damage, officials said.

A crisis cabinet has been created to coordinate all emergency responses, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant said in a statement posted to Twitter.

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The quake hit around 8:11 p.m. and was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and struck about 7.3 miles below the surface.

Haiti President Jovenel Moise indicated in his Twitter account Sunday that civil protection brigades were working to clear debris and help victims.

The civil protection agency officially confirmed the deaths of at least 10 people.

Initial reports on social media said Saturday's quake was felt in Port-au-Prince but had not caused major damage there.

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There was no tsunami warning in effect following the quake, which was felt across the country, the Haitian civil protection agency said.

He had said earlier he was headed to Port-de-Paix and another quake-hit city, Gros-Morne, about 50 kilometers to the southeast.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is especially vulnerable to earthquakes.

The tremor rattled the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking emotion among residents still reeling from the massive 2010 quake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded.

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In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people.