(CMR) Hundreds of people were killed, while many remain missing following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti Saturday morning. The quake, which was felt in several neighboring countries, has plunged the already impoverished country into further devastation.
Civil defense officials said the death toll rose to 227 Saturday afternoon, with hundreds of others wounded or still missing.
The epicenter of the quake was 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the US Geological Survey.
“High casualties are probable, and the disaster is likely widespread,” the USGS said. “Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.”
On January 12, 2010, a massive, magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of the Western Hemisphere. The quake near Port-au-Prince killed an estimated 250,000 people, and the island is still recovering.