Light 4.7-magnitude aftershock shakes Haiti

January 25th, 2010 - 10:40 am ICT by BNO News  

haiti-death-toll PORT-AU-PRINCE (BNO NEWS) — A light earthquake shook Haiti’s capital on Sunday afternoon, nearly two weeks after a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed more than 150,000 people there, seismologists said.

The aftershock, which struck about 25 miles west of Port-au-Prince, had a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geological Survey. “It’s definitely an aftershock,” a seismologist at the center said. The earthquake’s epicenter was located about 2.5 miles deep, making it an extremely shallow earthquake. Shallow earthquakes often tend to cause more damage.

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake is considered to be light, but may cause significant damage to buildings already weakened by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.5, but it was later downgraded.

There were no immediate reports of new damage or casualties from the earthquake, which happened around 4.52 p.m. local time. NBC News reporter Adrienne Mong reported feeling the earthquake and said a hotel was being evacuated.

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