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Haiti earthquake: 5.9 aftershock unnerves residents but inflicts limited damage

January 21, 2010 |  8:59 am


A sharp aftershock jolted earthquake survivors from tent camps and hospital beds across Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday, but relief efforts showed small signs of progress. Commerce began to revive, and U.S. troops working from a golf course and a stadium added muscle to the aid distribution network.

The magnitude 5.9 aftershock that hit just after 6 a.m. about 35 miles from the capital appeared to have inflicted limited injuries and damage. But an eerie cry rose up through the tent camps that many people now call home. Aid workers and soldiers scrambled into open air.

"I was on my belly yelling, 'Jesus!'" said Bris Netila, 58, who was sleeping in an encampment in the Bourdon neighborhood that houses as many as 25,000 people. With images of devastation seared into her memory, Netila found that her legs trembled too much to hold her up.

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-- Tracy Wilkinson and Joe Mozingo in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Ken Ellingwood in Mexico City

Photo: A man ducks under police tape warning passersby to avoid the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Port-au-Prince after a 5.9-magnitude aftershock shook the Haitian capital. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times.


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