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Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Hits Haiti, At Least 12 Dead & 188 Injured

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday killing at least 12 people, according to Yahoo. 

Haiti’s civil protection agency, which first reported the deaths, added that 135 people were injured, but some reports have said that 188 people were injured in the earthquake.

Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant said that a crisis cabinet was created to handle emergency responses to the earthquake.

“Damage has been recorded mainly in the Far North. All my sympathies to the victims. The executive at the highest level is mobilized to provide appropriate answers. I call on the population to be cautious and calm,”  he wrote on Twitter, per CNN. 

The United States Geological Survey said the quake was 7.2 miles deep and the center was 11 miles near the city of Port-de-Paix, CNN reports.

A 5.2 aftershock struck the country on Sunday as survivors were sifting through rubble.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.