Strong aftershock hits Haiti

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Port-au-Prince - A powerful aftershock hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince at 6:03am local time early on Wednesday.

The earthquake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale, and its epicenter is about 60km west of the capital, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The aftershock, which was the most powerful one since last week's 7.3-magnitude catastrophic quake in the Caribbean nation, was strongly felt at the encampment of the Chinese anti-riot peacekeeping team.

There is no report of casualties or damages yet.

According to reports, following Tuesday's earthquake more than 70 000 corpses have already been buried and it is estimated that the death toll will exceed 100 000, with three million in total affected by the disaster.

South Africans who want to provide assistance in the form of aid or any other assistance to the Republic of Haiti can contact George Kilian, Head of the National Disaster Management Centre on (012) 334 0667 during office hours or alternatively to e-mail him at