AT LEAST 14 people are dead after a devastating 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, shaking the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
The quake struck the nation, located just outside the Pacific’s deadly Ring of Fire, at 12.11am BST on Sunday with a depth of 10km.
Pictures from the scene show crumbling building and damage to vehicles and walls after the devasting quake struck the Caribbean nation injuring up to 135 people.
The quake was centered around 12 miles (20 km) west-northwest of Ti Port-de-Paix off Haiti’s north coast.
The police chief for the north-west region, Jackson Hilaire, initially confirmed seven people died in Port-de-Paix, while the interior minister, Reynaldo Brunet, said three people had died further south in the town of Gros Morne.
Le Nouvelliste newspaper said one person had died when an auditorium collapsed in Gros Morne.
Detainees were also released from a police holding cell that was damaged.
People flocked to social media to say the quake had been felt in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, but there had not been any major damage.
Haiti is prone to earthquakes as the island sits adjacent to major fault lines along the so-called “Ring of Fire”.
This is a horseshoe-shaped belt running around the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.