Strong aftershock hits Haiti, causing panic

Haitians search in the rubble of a destroyed house for goods in Port-au-Prince January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A strong aftershock struck Haiti on Wednesday, sending people camping out in the capital’s streets after last week’s earthquake running away from crumbled buildings in panic.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 6.1 and was centered 26 miles west-northwest of Jacmel.

There was no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which struck after daybreak.

Haitian officials say the death toll from the January 12 magnitude 7 quake was likely to be between 100,000 and 200,000. Fearing new damage from aftershocks, thousands of people have been sleeping in streets in the capital Port-au-Prince since then.

Reporting by Patrick Markey; Editing by Angus MacSwan