Aftershocks are not uncommon following an earthquake, but registering in at 6.1 this aftershock was larger then many earthquakes. It is not clear exactly how much damage it did, in part because a clear picture of the damage of the first earthquake has yet to be formed.
"Many in the area were startled out of sleep just after 6 a.m. by a 6.1-magnitude tremor -- one of the strongest aftershocks since the 7.0-magnitude quake crippled this city eight days ago.
Shrieks rose from the streets of Port-au-Prince as the quake, apparently the first of any great significance in at least four days, hit with a rolling, side-to-side motion that lasted several seconds. Less than 30 seconds later, a cascading roar could be heard across the city, presumably the collapse of another building. Another cry rose toward the sky.
There was no overall assessment immediately available of new damage or casualties. The aftershock occurred "in the zone of the original fracture" and was "not unexpected," said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey. "There are going to be more aftershocks" in the weeks ahead, he said."
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