Haiti: 2018 Earthquake Situation report No. 1 (07 October 2018)

Situation Report
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This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by OCHA Haiti and covers the period from 06 October to 07 October 2018 (3 A.M). The next report will be issued on 07 October 12 P.M.

Main Points

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred 20km north of Port-de-Paix (North West) Saturday, 6 October at 8:10pm local time (New York time). It was felt across the majority of the departments of Haiti and Port-auPrince (West department) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). 2 replicas occurred. No tsunami alert regarding the seism was launched by the DPC.

  • According to DPC initial damages assessment, Gros Morne in the Artibonite department, Port-de-Paix in the North-West department, Chansolme in the North-West department, Plaisance in the North departement and Tortuga Island in the North departement are affected.

Situation Overview

People affected

The DPC confirmed several people wounded in the North-West department. The secretary of State for Communication, Mr. Eddy Jackson Alexis has confirmed in the night of 06 October first reports of 11 people dead, 7 in the North-West department notably in the Port-de-Paix town and 4 in the commune of Gros Morne in the Artibonite department.

3 524 000 people live in the North, North-West and Artibonite departements.

  • Population North department: 1 067 177
  • Population Artibonite department: 1 727 524
  • Population North-West department: 728 807


Damages were reported in Port-de-Paix (North-West), Gros-Morne (Artibonite), Chansolme (North-West), Plaisance (North) and Tortuga Island (North-West) with houses and public infrastructures destroyed or damaged. Wounded people are currently welcomed in the North department hospitals.

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