Thursday, January 21, 2010

Second Earthquake Hits Haiti

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti on Tuesday (January 19), shaking buildings and sending panicked people running into the streets only eight days after the country's capital was devastated by a previous quake. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:03 a.m. about 35 miles west of the capital, near the town of Petit Goave.

Wails of terror rose from frightened survivors who are still coping with the cataclysmic aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake.

Prime Minister Jean-Marx said the government was sending planes and an overland team to check out the situation in Petit Goave, the centre of this morning aftershock.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain homeless, hungry and in mourning - most still waiting for the benefits of a nearly $1 billion global aid campaign that has brought hundreds of doctors and thousands of troops to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

According to sources, at least one woman died of a heart attack, according to Eddy Thomas, private undertaker. She had a heart condition and the new quake finished her he said while pushing her body along the street on a mobile stretcher.

Lenis Batiste who is camped in Port-au-Prince with his two children said the latest quake felt really strong. "Each aftershock is frightening, we fell it right (pointing at his stomach) because after the last Tuesday you never know how strong it is going to be he said.

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