Two earthquakes were recorded in Nippes, Haiti, on Jan. 24. Measuring at 5.1 and 5.3 on the Richter scale, the epicenters were 30 miles from Les Cayes, where Humanity & Inclusion teams continue to respond to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in August 2021.
Needs assessments led by the Haiti Civil Protection are ongoing with preliminary reports indicating minor damage.
“We had several aftershocks in less than an hour," explains Pierre-Marie Wagon, Humanity & Inclusion's emergency area manager. "For the moment, nothing seems too serious but my entire team is ... very stressed because this is not the first time we’ve had aftershocks—and this is the most violent one since we started. We have to make sure that our activities are safe and we have to be present in the hospitals as well. There is a lot of movement and panic throughout the city."
Humanity & Inclusion staff members felt the tremors and evacuated the office. As a safety precaution, Humanity & Inclusion's Les Cays office remained closed on Monday, but staff continued to work from safe locations to provide various support.
The team continues to monitor the situation and share information with relevant stakeholders. Strict safety protocols on earthquake managed are in place to ensure the safety of Humanity & Inclusion staff.
USAID is helping to fund Humanity & Inclusion's emergency response in Haiti.