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2 dead in Haiti after earthquakes

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Two earthquakes in Haiti left two people dead on Monday and damaged nearby homes. 

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the area at 8:16 a.m. before a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck about an hour later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Both earthquakes took place about six miles below the ground’s surface. 

Haiti’s civil protection agency reported that at least two people died, multiple people were injured and at least 35 homes were damaged, according to The Associated Press

One of the deaths was caused by a landslide at a sand mine, Yves Bossé, who is an elected official for the southern department of Nippes, told the AP. 

“People are scared to go back into their homes,” Bossé said, adding that several homes were cracked and businesses were shuttered for the day because of the quake. 

The country has a history of suffering through devastating earthquakes. In August, a 7.2 magnitude quake killed more than 2,200 people and damaged more than 137,000 homes, the AP added. 

The recent tremors also came just less than two weeks after the 12-year anniversary of the country’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people in 2010.

In addition to the natural disasters, the country has endured recent political issues, including the assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who was shot in his bedroom on July 7. Two suspects have been charged in connection with Moïse’s death thus far.


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