Haiti rocked by a 6.1 magnitude aftershock today

January 20th, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

haiti-death-toll Port-Au-Prince, Jan 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Haiti was rocked by another aftershock on Wednesday morning, barely eight days after the devastating earthquake struck and destroyed Haiti. The recent earthquake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale. The hapless Haitians, who haven’t yet recovered from the previous earthquake, were shocked beyond words, and they started screaming and running from their homes onto the streets. A new panic situation erupted for them, in the form of Wednesday’s earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the Wednesday’s earthquake was of a 6.1 magnitude. It hit at 6:03 a.m. (1103 GMT) about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of the capital of Haiti - Port-au-Prince. It struck at a depth of 13.7 miles (22 kilometers) but fortunately enough it was located quite inland to generate any tidal waves in the ocean. So no tsunami alert was issued after this earthquake.

It is still not known what additional damage was caused by Wednesday’s earthquake. Haitians started wailing and crying and started running from the already unstable buildings. The earthquake, which has claimed over 200,000 people, happened around 4.53 p.m. local time on last Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey, making it the strongest earthquake ever recorded within 200 kilometers. It struck about 10 miles southwest of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

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