The tremor caused widespread panic in the north and was one of the strongest to shake Haiti since an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck near the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010. That quake killed tens of thousands of people.
The Civil Protection Agency said, "Our teams from north to south are witnessing a state of panic in some cities."
Haiti’s Ministry of Communication released figures stating that at least 15 people had died, 9 in Port-de-Paix, 1 in Saint-Louis du Nord and 5 in Gros Morne. Among the dead were a 5-year-old boy crushed by his collapsing house.
President Jovenel Moise urged people to donate blood and asked international aid agencies to coordinate with local agencies to avoid duplicated efforts. The government did not provide an estimate of the damages./.