Haiti quake toll rises to 15 - gov't

A woman stretches out her arms in prayer as balances a stone on her head as a form of penance during a Good Friday ritual in Ganthier Haiti

Many buildings collapsed or were destroyed by the devastating quake after it struck the northwestern part of the Caribbean country on October 6.

"I feel like my life is not safe here", said nun Maryse Alsaint, director of the San Gabriel National School in Gros-Morne, where several classrooms were severely damaged.

President Jovenel Moïse urged the people to remain calm noting that "risk management system and the regional civil Protection directorates" have been activated to help the affected area.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the aftershock was located 9.8 miles north-northwest of Port-de-Paix.

A 5.9-magnitude natural disaster struck off the northwest coast of Haiti late Saturday, killing at least 11 people, injuring more than 130 others and damaging homes in the Caribbean nation, authorities said.

The 5.2 quake hit at around 8pm BST, just over 100 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince and just 50 miles from the city of Cap-Haitien.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damages. After shocks were reported in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In Gros-Morne, one bed was covered in rubble, while the exterior walls of some homes were cracked. Others tilted at precarious angles.

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Gros Morne: Residents stand looking at a collapsed school damaged bya magnitude 5.9 quake the night before, in Gros Morne, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

One said: "It woke the dogs up".

"The house can fall at any time", he said.

The agency said Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, the town of Chansolme and the island of Tortuga had suffered some of the worst damage.

The tremor also damaged the facade of a church in the town of Plaisance and a house next door collapsed, the paper said.

General Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Evelio Betancourt, said that two surgical teams were sent to support Haitian health personnel.

In 2010, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked the country, killing between 200,000 and 300,000 people, according to estimates.

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