Brief Aftershock Hits Haiti Capital

Flies swarm pigs feet sitting for sale at an outdoor market in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after last week's earthquake has been struggling with logistical problems, and many people are still desperate for food and water. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Another aftershock has hit the Haiti capital, sending some earthquake survivors into the streets in the middle of the night.

People in Port-au-Prince said the brief trembler Thursday night was not as strong as several others since the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated the city Jan. 12. Ensuing aftershocks have reached as high as magnitude-5.9.

The U.S. Geological Survey did not immediately have a measurement of the aftershock. Geophysicist Susan Potter said people can feel aftershocks that register as little as magnitude-2.0, but the service has yet to detect anything weaker than a magnitude-4.5 trembler in Haiti, where detection equipment is not densely concentrated.

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