Inagua residents feel shock waves of Haiti’s earthquake

Inagua residents feel shock waves of Haiti’s earthquake
Lodanise Joseph holds her 9-month-old granddaughter in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, while her father Marc-Sena Docteur, a 24-year-old carpenter, stands next to their home damaged in the quake that hit over the weekend. Docteur’s girlfriend died in the earthquake. “Now I’m left with a 9-month-old baby with no aid at all,” he said. “I’m still crying. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.” (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

A powerful earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit Haiti Saturday night with shock waves felt as far away as Inagua in the Southeastern Bahamas.

Inagua residents said they were terrified when they experienced tremors from the earthquake, experiencing tremors up until 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities reported no injuries or damage on the nation’s most southern island.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to the press stating that it had made contact with Bahamian embassies in both Cuba and Haiti and learned that Bahamians residing in Haiti and Cuba were safe.

“The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has extended sincere sympathy to the Republic of Haiti following the devastating impact of this tragic event. The Ministry will endeavour to inform the general public of new developments relating to this issue as deemed necessary,” the statement read.

While Inagua residents are breathing a sigh of relief, it is a different story for neighbouring Haiti. The deadly quake, which occurred in the Mona Passage between Haiti and Cuba has, to date, claimed 15 lives and injured at least 333 more according to international reports.

Beyond the Headlines contributor Louby Georges who has family in Haiti, also gave the following account on what transpired.