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Haiti records 20 earthquakes during first quarter of 2018

Haiti has recorded 20 earthquakes during the first 4 months of this year, a senior official of the Ministry of Communication has said.

Speaking at a news conference, Director of the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME), Claude Prepetit told reporters that the BME's Technical Unit of Seismology (UTS) recorded about 20 earthquakes.

The earthquakes which range from magnitudes 3.1 and 4.6 occurred at depths between 10 and 25 kilometres (km).

The UTS said that following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit western Mexico, in February, it recorded at least six earthquakes west of Gonâve Island.

Prepetit said that earthquakes are caused by the convergence of the Caribbean plate and the North American plate and Haiti is concerned by two major seismic faults alongside other minor faults.

He said while earthquakes are not predictable, the authorities here have taken measures to minimize damage.

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