An natural disaster hit northern Haiti late on Saturday, killing at least 14 people, injuring more than 100 and sparking a scramble by rescue agencies to help towns in the impoverished Caribbean country battered by the shockwave.
Haiti President Jovenel Moise tweeted that he was informed of the damage in the Far North and said civil protection workers are on alert.
According to the Secretary of State for Communication, Eddy Jackson Alexis, seven deaths were reported in Port de Paix, and four in Gros Morne, as well as several damaged buildings.
Another person was killed in the town of Chansolme when a house collapsed and one other person in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince.
"Search and rescue, and assessment still ongoing", said Chandler, who had teams working in Gros-Morne and throughout the northwest region. It also reports that, in outlying areas, the entire side of a church has collapsed and major damage has also been reported to schools, and to at least one hotel.
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The casualties are "treated in the hospitals of the department", said the haitian civil protection.
Pictures of houses with damaged walls and buildings partially destroyed were circulated Sunday on social networks without their authenticity can be established.
Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes.
After the tremor, which occurred nearly nine years after a 7.0 magnitude quake shook Port-au-Prince and left more than 300,000 people dead, President Jovenel Moïse appealed for calm.
"The United States and Haiti are strategic partners and friends, and we stand ready to assist in the relief effort, if requested", Washington said. Tens of thousands remain in makeshift camps. The government did not provide an estimate of the damages.
Longer-term reconstruction has been hampered by lingering political chaos in the nation of almost 11 million people, and by a deadly cholera epidemic introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers sent in after the quake.