Cojimies: Another major magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, just days after a major quake hit the nation on Saturday, which killed nearly 500 people, injured thousands and left hundreds homeless.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the recent quake was centred 70 km (44 miles) off the Pacific coast town of Esmeraldas. The tremor was recorded at a depth of 10 km.
Talking about the earlier quake, rescuers in Ecuador are losing hope of finding more survivors from the deadly earthquake that killed nearly 500 people and dealt a shattering blow to the country’s already fragile economy.
Distraught family members beseeched rescue teams to find missing loved ones as they used dogs, bare hands and excavators to hunt through debris.
The 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck late Saturday, also left 107 people missing, and injured more than 4,000, according to the latest government tallies.
First Published | 20 April 2016 5:14 PM