Deadly earthquake near Port-de-Paix, Haiti - At least 12 people killed - October 7, 2018

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Update 20:38 UTC: a strong M5.3 aftershock occurred a little earlier

Update : SAD! SAD! Again deaths after an earthquake in Haiti. At least 12 people lost their lives and 188 got injured! :(( (updated)

UpdatePeople are looking to the collapsed auditorium in Gros-More

Update : Main earth movement based on the current focal mechanism.
People who experienced the shaking can easily determine which of both fault planes is the right one.
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Update :  Shaking map as reported by USGS. Max. shaking should have been very strong shaking near the epicenter.

Update : Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

Port-de-Paix, Nord-Ouest, Haiti, 18.7 km (11.6 mi) SEPopulation: 250000
Ti Port-de-Paix, Nord-Ouest, Haiti, 19 km (11.8 mi) SEPopulation: 34657
Saint-Louis du Nord, Nord-Ouest, Haiti, 29.1 km (18.1 mi) ESEPopulation: 11849
Lenbe, Nord, Haiti, 70.4 km (43.8 mi) ESEPopulation: 32645

Map courtesy - Star: calculated epicenter - Small red dots: possible error margin for the epicenter, the more dense, the higher probability that the epicenter will be in that area. Orange circle: epicenter location error zone

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-10-07 00:11:49

Depth (Hypocenter) : 28 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Haiti Region Oct 07 20:00 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Milot - Strong rumbling noise and vibration. Walls and ceilings tilting. Clock fell off wall, small items off shelves, others rattling.
  • Puerto plata - Very minor. Several seconds. Maybe 5
  • Santiago - time 16.01 local. Apartment building shaking about 15 seconds. I was laying on bed. Whole thing shaking. Not as bad or prolonged as last night. Strong winds at same time
  • Cap haitien - Light shaking
  • Monte Cristi - 8 seconds no damage
  • Monte Cristi - 8 seconds no damage
  • Delmas - Third floor..we felt slight shake
  • Petion ville - I was laying down on my couch and heard a noise coming then I felt my couch shake very lightly. Not everyone in the house felt it.
  • Limonade - À Limonade, une forte réplique à été ressentie à 4 h 01 pm. La maison, le lit sur lequel nous étions assis tremblait Fortement mais pas comme hier soir.
  • Maimón - Były odczuwalne lekkie drgania ziemii. Czułam,że moje łóżko zaczyna drgać.
  • Port au prince - Moderate shaking
  • Pompano beach - My wife said she felt a very mild vibration
  • sosua - second quake is last 4 to 6 weeks no damage lasted about 10 seconds my big screen TV and bed was shaking
  • deerfield beach - about 4:00 or 5:0 in the morning
  • İsparta - Very strong shaking
  • USGS Ti Port-de-paix, Haiti Oct 07 20:00 5.2 10 MAP
    GEOFON Haiti Region Oct 07 20:00 5.4 10 MAP
    USGS Ti Port-de-paix, Haiti Oct 07 00:11 5.9 11 MAP
    GEOFON Haiti Region Oct 07 00:11 5.9 28 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Winter Park, Florida - I saw my TV jiggling. Then I saw my lamp decoration dangling. Happened just for a couple of seconds.
  • Santo Domingo - Moderate shaking
  • Nagua - Light shaking
  • Delmas - Moderate shaking
  • santiago - Moderate shaking
  • Santiago - Light shaking
  • Santiago de los caballeros - Moderate shaking
  • Santo Domingo - Se sintió un leve movimiento en la cama
  • Petion Ville - It was right to the left liken10 seconds
  • Santiago - Moderate shaking
  • San Francisco De macoris - No damage but we shook for a bit, maybe 30 seconds or more.
  • Moca - Lasted about 2min. Shook entire house, felt like a swaying boat.
  • Santo Domingo - Sentí el movimiento de mi cama podría decirse que uno a dos minutos, no hay daños en mi propiedad
  • Santiago - Felt it
  • Hinche - We were finishing up dinner and it came first a slight jolt, then the second one was a little stronger. If there were more I didn\'t feel them because we all ran as fast as we could to get outside..
  • puerto plata - 30 seconds...….no damage, furniture moved
  • Saint-Marc - Moderate shaking
  • Puerto Plata - Maybe 8-15 seconds. Not damage, felt like pausing shake.
  • an francisco de macoris - Weak shaking
  • Bon Repos - 10-15 seconds bed and lights swaying
  • Las Canas - Shaking for about 10seconds, mirror moving and celingfan going back and forward, felt like bed was moved.
  • Santiago - Lasted about 15 seconds
  • Las Terrenas - Weak shaking
  • Port-au-Prince - La secousse a durée deux secondes. Mais des degats sont rapportés dans les localités proches de l'épicentre.
  • Santo Domingo - Moderate shaking
  • Cap Haitian - Strong shaking
  • Cap Haitien - Very strong shaking
  • Plaine du Nord - Toute la maison avait secouée, bruits tres forts, j\'ai couru vite quiter la maison, notre toiture est fissurée dans toutes les pieces de la maison.
  • Cap Haitien - Moderate shaking
  • cap haitien - Moderate shaking
  • Petion-Ville - No damage here just felt my bed shake some which woke me up.
  • Caguas - Ir lastre for about a couple of seconds
  • Port au prince - Very weak shaking
  • Sosua, DR - no damage maybe 5 seconds bed I was lying in shaking
  • Peurto plata, DR - Light shaking
  • Gonaïves - Light shaking
  • Punta cana - Laid in bed and it was shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Moca - Ongeveer 5-10 sec.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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