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Haiti earthquake: Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes Caribbean ‘leaving at least one dead’ and more injured

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near the northernmost tip of Haiti late on Saturday.

Early reports suggested at least one person has been killed and a number of others injured.

The quake also caused some damage to buildings including an auditorium that collapsed, authorities said.

The quake struck about 12.3 miles (20 kms), west-northwest of the port of Port-de-Paix, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010, killing thousands of people in the impoverished Caribbean country.

In a post on Twitter , Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency said the quake caused injuries and panic in northern towns.

Destroyed buildings after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

Le Nouvelliste newspaper said one person died when an auditorium collapsed in the town of Gros Morne, and that detainees were released from a police holding cell that was damaged.

The tremor damaged the facade of a church in the town of Plaisance and a house next door collapsed, Frantz Duval, a journalist with Le Nouvelliste, said on Twitter.

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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