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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  • by sharon Location: greenville on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    to jethro, how dare you talk about those people like that! they have no choise in the way they have to live! are you racist? sounds like it! those children in that place deserve a chance, whether its here in the usa or there! We are fortunite over here to have the means to help these people, its a blessing for us and for them! I will pray for your soul Jethro!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:08 PM
    Outside Looking in;...can't see the big picture but I'm not gonna fault him....How Dare I; What do you suggest I judge them by, what means? On what scale? Does eating mud pies mean they are sub-standard people? What of their criminal record in the USA? Not saying they are all bad, but when you're raised in a place that smells like a sewer, I can't imagine that same person working the perfume counter at Belk...nor cooking my breakfast at the Waffle House! (not that I eat that swill) Do you want your children playing with children that have NO IDEA what germs and cleanliness is all about? Heck, we have enough of that in our own population as it is, ya think? "Judge ye lest ye be judged"? I say, "Judge ye lest ye be infected"!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    "Unwise Uno", spoken like a true socialist. I'm sure you have visions of a unified Hispaniola, United People's Socialist Republic or some blather such as that. It would be a regular utopia, complete with nationalized health care and all the happy citizens going to and fro in service to the people. "Unwise", those people can't function at all without someone feeding, clothing, housing and generally providing for them. They are just like the suckling pigs in America, there just aren't enough producers on that dumpy, foul smelling island to support all the sponges. "Jethro", you managed to get this one right...wow! "OutsideLookingIn" and "how dare you", stop bloviating. If you go anywhere where Haitians live in the US and check them out, they are disproportionately thug criminals just as Jethro discribed. You could tell them how much you feel their pain and mourn their suffering, then they would make you feel pain for real and take your stuff. Maybe worse. TRAVEL MORE! GO SEE!
  • by how dare you on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    how dare you refer to the haitians as lower class humans. how would you like it if you were born in a country whose government let you have just enough to survive on while 'living the high life'. how dare you deem yourself superior because you were fortunate to be born in the usa.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    To: Jethro Bodine, I don't know that I would refer to these people, whom I don't know, as "lower-class humans". Do you know them individually? I'm sure there are Mothers, children, and good innocent people there. It is like any society; there are law-abiding, and non-law abiding. Many are dead now, so try not to be so 'populicide' about the whole of Haiti. I'm sure you have much inside info, but perhaps, you didn't see the whole population of Haiti. Maybe you only saw the travel/entertainment/bar-scene population?
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    In 1922, Haiti borrowed $40 million from the U.S. to help build the country back up after French/British warring. Then once we pulled our troops out in 1937 (which we were there to help establish peace & create a governing body), "Papa Doc" then "Baby Doc" squeezed the country dry while living the "high life". The USA has been "saving" these lower-class humans ever since. We jump in every time a tropical storm grazes the island. The only thing they've given us is low-life criminals that spread disease and infect our society like a virus. I've been to the island (back in 1976). It was horrific back then, but now it's a complete disaster. I'm just glad I don't have to go there. I'd fear for my life every second. They say in Mexico, "don't drink the water". In Haiti, "Don't Breathe The Air"! ....*Whew-wee!*
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    I believe Haiti has a weak, decentralized government. I'm not sure if they can help themselves without us intervening first. Perhaps after receiving instruction on how to have a strong central government, the nation can become self-sovereign.
  • by duke Location: aurora on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    also in anchorage in 1964....lots of damage...a week later another one struck ....recording up to 120 tremors every 24 hours for awhile.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    My finger got onto the wrong key the date was 1964 not 1963 and the magnitude of this quake was, if I remember correctly somewhere in the 9.2-9.3 range. It was powerful.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I was in Anchorage, Alaska on Good Friday 1963 when the earthquake hit there. Prior to that day there were several other quakes in the 6.0 to 7.0 range several miles underground. I sincerely hope and pray that in Haiti these are not precursers to the really big one. Everyone there needs to be mindful of this possibility. May all there heal rapidly and may their government take a humanitarian interest in their population.
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