Strong Earthquake Aftershock Hits Haiti, Sends People Into Streets

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steven Payne says the latest earthquake to hit Haiti felt like he was standing on a board on top of a ball.

Payne was preparing to hand out food to refugees in a tent camp of 25,000 survivors when the magnitude 6.1 aftershock hit today. It was the largest since last week's massive quake and was centered 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince. There's been no word on additional damage or injuries.

At least one man in Port-au-Prince says he has had enough. His house was destroyed in the first quake and his sister and brother were killed. This time, he grabbed his wife and three children and headed to the city bus station saying, "I've seen the situation here, and I want to get out."


A strong earthquake aftershock has hit Haiti, shaking buildings and sending people running into the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the preliminary 6.1 magnitude aftershock hit at 6:03 a.m. (1103 GMT) Wednesday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. It says the quake struck at a depth of 13.7 miles (22 kilometers).

AP reporters in the Haitian capital say the temblor sent scores of people fleeing into the streets.

The pacific tsunami warning center said the earthquake was located too far inland to generate any tidal waves in the Caribbean.


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