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This morning he told his 158,000 followers that he was en route to Port-de-Paix and Gros-Morne.

Haiti President Jovenel Moise said on his Twitter account Sunday that civil protection brigades were working to clear debris.

At least 11 people have been killed when a magnitude 5.9 quake struck close to the northermost tip of Haiti, roughly 20km west-northwest of Port-de-Paix.

An natural disaster has struck off the northern coast of Haiti, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than a hundred when several buildings collapsed in the impoverished Caribbean country, officials said.

Authorities said more than 100 people were also injured when several buildings collapsed.

The epicenter of the quake was located about 19 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix, the US Geological Survey reported.

On Oct. 7, the Miami Herald, citing a local official, reported that 12 people had died, while adding that a number of buildings had been damaged. The quake was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometers) below the surface.

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The quake was felt lightly in the capital, as well as in the neighboring Dominican Republic and in eastern Cuba.

The agency said: "The shock was felt across all departments of the country, giving rise to panic in several towns".

Pierre Jacques Baudre, a farmer and father of seven, said he was afraid to return to his home after one wall built with rocks and cement crumbled.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is especially vulnerable to earthquakes.

The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake that struck in January 2010 left more than 1.5 million people homeless. Tens of thousands of people are still displaced as a result of the quake.

Longer-term reconstruction has been hampered by lingering political chaos in the nation of almost 11 million people, and by a deadly cholera epidemic introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers sent in after the quake.


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