Sunday, March 21, 2010

Two Killed in Haiti Quake Collapse

Kelly Bastien, the president of the Haitian Senate

(AFP)-A house has collapsed in Haiti's second-largest city of Cap-Haitien, killing two people and injuring three as fearful residents felt aftershocks from a quake that struck Cuba.

"The house collapsed around midnight and two people were found dead and their bodies were taken to the hospital," Kelly Bastien, the president of the Haitian Senate, told AFP on Sunday.

At least seven people were living in the house.

Cap-Haitien was spared on January 12 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake flattened much of the capital Port-au-Prince and other parts of southern Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people.

Cap-Haitien, a northern city with a population of 300,000, lies on a separate fault line prone to significant tremors and residents said they felt several overnight that probably caused the house collapse.

The tremors were thought to be connected to a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that jolted the southeastern Cuban province of Guantanamo on Saturday, sending panicked residents rushing outside.

Dozens of small movements have been felt in recent weeks in eastern Cuba, which is less than 320km across the sea from Cap-Haitien.

Source: SMH

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