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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ecuador 6.1 Aftershock, deaths up to 553


Sharp shock hits Ecuador, biggest post-quake jolt

AP, Associated Press
Apr. 20, 2016 2:04 PM (all times local)
Rodrigo Abd
Vendors sell fish in a makeshift market, set up near the business district which was severely damaged by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, in Manta, Ecuador, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Businesses are slowly opening, although electricity and running water are still scarce in the Pacific coastal city. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
1:00 p.m.
The death toll from Ecuador's major earthquake continues to rise.
Ecuador's attorney general said Wednesday that 553 people were killed during the quake. The previous report put the number of dead at 525.
Another 4,065 people are injured and about 100 remain missing following Saturday evening's magnitude-7.8 quake along the Pacific coast.
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MONTECRISTI, Ecuador (AP) — A fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday, a magnitude-6.1 magnitude jolt that set babies crying and adults pouring into the streets, fearful of yet more damage following a monster earthquake over the weekend.
It was the strongest aftershock yet following the magnitude-7.8 quake that killed more than 500 people.
Published on Apr 20, 2016
As hope for survivors fades another tremor has jolted Ecuador overnight registering at 6.1 in magnitude, the strongest aftershock since Saturday's earthquake that killed more than 500 people. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the tremor at 3:33am local time and reported it to have been centered offshore, 15 miles west of Muisne,. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The tremor came hours after Ecuador's government raised the number of dead in Saturday's disastrous quake to 525. At least one U.S. citizen was listed among the dead.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor was centered offshore, 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the devastated beach town of Muisne, at 3:33 a.m. local time (4:33 EDT; 0833 GMT).
The new aftershock led some people in Portoviejo to abandon homes, even those with no apparent damage, and head through the night toward a former airport where temporary shelters have been set up.
The White House said Obama offered condolences on behalf of the American people for lives lost.  U.S. government sending disaster experts and $100,000 in aid.
Correa has spent the past days overseeing relief efforts and delivering supplies. He said Tuesday the quake caused $3 billion in damage, about 3 percent of gross domestic product, and rebuilding would take years.
"It's going to be a long battle," he told reporters.
After a deadly earthquake in Chile in 2010, that South American country was able to get back on its feet quickly thanks to a commodities boom that was energizing its economy. But Ecuador must rebuild amid a deep recession that has forced austerity on the OPEC nation's finances. Even before the quake, the International Monetary Fund was forecasting the oil-dependent economy would shrink 4.5 percent this year. Read More:
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