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Ecuador Earthquake - April 2016

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Ecuador quake: Death toll passes 500 dead as President signals shrinking economy. Updated A magnitude 6.2 quake shook Ecuador's already devastated Pacific coast before dawn on Wednesday (local time), terrifying residents and hindering rescuers searching for survivors of Saturday's even larger quake which killed more than 500 people.

Ecuador quake: Death toll passes 500 dead as President signals shrinking economy

Key points: New strong tremor rattles weary survivorsDeath toll from Saturday's quake hits 525President says economy could shrink losing 2 to 3 percentage points The latest strong, shallow tremor followed several hundred aftershocks and struck near the epicentre of Saturday's magnitude 7.8 quake, which levelled a long swath of the coastline and dealt a major blow to the Andean nation's already fragile economy. "You can't imagine what a fright it was.

On a highway outside town, children sat holding placards saying "Food, please". Ecuador earthquake: Death toll reaches more than 600, aftershocks continue to spook nation. Posted The death toll from Ecuador's devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake has risen to 602 people, as dozens of aftershocks shook cities and towns around the country, spooking residents but causing no further damage.

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll reaches more than 600, aftershocks continue to spook nation

Key points: Death toll rises to 602, hopes of finding survivors now slimTotal of 700 aftershocks spook Ecuador but no further damage causedGovernment will temporarily increase taxes to fund reconstructionTravellers urged to visit in order to fuel the tourism industry Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured 12,492 people and left 130 missing, emergency management authorities said in a bulletin. Survivors were shaken again late on Thursday night when a powerful magnitude-6.0 quake struck off Ecuador's coast about 100 kilometres north-north-west of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 kilometres. "When it started to shake last night we started to pray," said Alex Bachon, 43, a construction worker repairing damage from the first quake at a hotel in Guayaquil. Ecuador earthquake death toll passes 400 with many still trapped. The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 413, and many survivors are believed to still be trapped inside collapsed buildings.

Ecuador earthquake death toll passes 400 with many still trapped

The government announced the updated toll on Monday night. The security minister, César Navas, said rescuers were continuing to search for victims and survivors. Ecuador earthquake: Aid agencies step up efforts. Image copyright AP Aid agencies are stepping up help following Saturday's devastating earthquake in Ecuador, amid concerns over the conditions faced by survivors.

Ecuador earthquake: Aid agencies step up efforts

Thousands of people were left homeless, making them vulnerable to dirty drinking water and disease. The World Food Programme and Oxfam are sending supplies, while the UN said it was preparing a "major airlift". Ecuador and Japan earthquakes: Are they related? But three recent earthquakes -- on Thursday and Saturday morning in Japan and Saturday night in Ecuador -- have gotten lots of attention because of the great destruction.

Ecuador and Japan earthquakes: Are they related?

Here are five things to know about those quakes. 1. Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead. At least 413 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that struck Ecuador, the country's government says.

Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead

The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Ecuador's Pacific coast on Saturday, and the search for survivors continues. The cost of rebuilding is likely to be in the billions of dollars, President Rafael Correa said during a visit to the worst-affected region. He said it was the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades. Some 2,500 people were injured. Late on Monday, six people, including two girls - one three years old and the other nine months old - were rescued from the ruins of a hotel near the coastal town of Manta. Elsewhere, funerals for some of those killed were held in Portoviejo and Pedernales, two towns that were the worst hit. Ecuador earthquake: death toll rises after 7.8-magnitude quake - latest developments. Death toll rises to 233 Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa, returning from a summit in Italy, says the death toll from Saturday night’s quake has more than tripled since the last official announcement - now 233 people. — Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael)April 17, 2016Cifra oficial de fallecidos sube a 233.

Ecuador earthquake: death toll rises after 7.8-magnitude quake - latest developments

Barrio Tarqui de Manta muy afectado. Pedernales destruido. Vicepresidente se dirige a Portoviejo... Updated Our graphics team have put together this map showing the area in the Pacific Ocean basin known as the Ring of Fire, for its significant earthquake and volcanic activity. Ecuador earthquake: Death toll rises to 233. At least 233 people have been confirmed dead after Ecuador was hit by its most powerful earthquake in decades.

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll rises to 233

Some 10,000 troops and 3,500 police are being deployed in the affected areas, as rescue operations got under way. The magnitude-7.8 quake struck early on Saturday evening and was felt as far away as neighbouring Colombia. Coastal areas in the north-west were closest to the epicentre and officials say the death toll is likely to rise as information begins to come in. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa gave the latest death toll on his twitter feed while flying back from a visit to Italy he cut short to deal with the disaster. He has declared a state of emergency and earlier called on his country to be "calm and united" Ecuador earthquake: 'God, please stop that' - eyewitness accounts. Image copyright AFP Ecuador has been struck by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Ecuador earthquake: 'God, please stop that' - eyewitness accounts

The epicentre was near the northern coastal town of Muisne, but the effects were felt hundreds of kilometres away, including in the capital, Quito, and second city, Guayaquil. People in Ecuador have been contacting BBC News with their stories. 'We could see the electricity lines shaking' - Cristian Ibarra Santillan in Quito We've had lots of small tremors over the last few months, so I thought it was just another one of those to start with, which is why I was slow to react.

When I heard people yelling, children crying and dogs barking, I realised it wasn't. I grabbed my dog and hid under the table. Image copyright Cristian Ibarra Santillan So I grabbed my dog and ran out into the street. Ecuador earthquake: 'We felt it for several minutes' Today's Earthquakes in Ecuador. Ecuador earthquake: 77 people killed, hundreds injured. The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Saturday night, Vice President Jorge Glas said in a televised address.

Ecuador earthquake: 77 people killed, hundreds injured

Nearly 600 people were injured, he said, adding that the death toll is expected to go up as more information comes in. A state of emergency is in effect for six provinces, but Glas urged those who left their homes in coastal areas to return, as the tsunami alert had been lifted. Provinces under a state of emergency are Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos. Nightlife venues closed. At least 41 dead as powerful earthquake hits Ecuador. In pictures: Ecuador earthquake. The moment a 7.8 magnitude quake struck Ecuador. Ecuador earthquake of 7.8 magnitude kills dozens. Dozens killed as magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits Ecuador.

Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades, a 7.8 magnitude tremor, struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday, killing at least 41 people and causing damage near the epicentre as well as in the largest city of Guayaquil. President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the nation’s 16 million people to stay calm. “Our infinite love to the families of the dead,” he said on Twitter, while cutting short a trip to Italy to return home.

The government recommended residents leave coastal areas over concern for rising tides following the quake. Alarmed residents streamed into the streets of the capital Quito, hundreds of kilometres away, and other towns across the nation.