At least 11 dead as quake topples homes in northern Haiti

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According to the Interior ministry, eight people died in the coastal town of Port-de-Paix -the department capital of the North-West- three in Gros-Morne, which is located about fifty kilometres south-east of this locality and to Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

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

And while the death toll intensive in the northwestern port city of Port-de-Paix, abided a minute fraction of the more than 300,000 who perished in Haiti's 2010 natural disaster, specialists said that it accentuates their deterrents about how endangered Haiti remains to seismic commotion and the destruction a massive quake will most likely sustain.

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 quake was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometers) below the surface.

The tremors were felt in the capital Port-AU-Prince, causing panic among the population. Dozens of injured people were brought to the Hospital of the Immaculate Conception, where the services have been overwhelmed. Tens of thousands of people are still displaced as a result of the quake.

Le Nouvelliste newspaper said one person was killed when an auditorium collapsed in Gros-Morne and that detainees were released from a police holding cell that was damaged.

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President Jovenel Moise asked worldwide aid agencies to coordinate with local agencies for better relief operations and urged people to donate blood.

The quake was also reported to have been felt in neighboring Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.

The damage from the temblors was visible.

The civil protection agency issued a statement saying that houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island. Others tilted at precarious angles.

Some houses in the worst-affected areas were destroyed by the quake, the agency said.

One said: "It woke the dogs up". There were no immediate reports of further damage from the aftershock.