Powerful aftershock sends jolt across Haiti

Earthquake victim Anna Zizi being carried alive from the rubble one week after the tremblor struck Haiti. (AP)

A powerful new earthquake has struck Haiti, shaking rubble from damaged buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets only eight days after the country's capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake. The magnitude-6.1 temblor was the largest aftershock yet to the January 12 quake. The extent of additional damage or injuries was not immediately clear.

Wails of terror rose from frightened survivors as the earth shuddered at 6.03 a.m. US soldiers and tent city refugees alike raced for open ground, and clouds of dust rose in the capital.

The US Geological Survey said the aftershock was centered about 56km northwest of Port-au-Prince and was 22km below the surface.

 

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