7.8 magnitude earthquake in the coastal area of ​​Ecuador leaves more than 600 dead

A total of 602 people died in a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 recorded on Saturday in the province of Manabi, in northwestern Ecuador, reported by the authorities .

The death toll, updated on Friday, exceeds that of the earthquake in Peru in 2007 and converted to that of Ecuador in the deadliest of Colombia South America since 1999, which killed more than 1,000 people .

In addition, earthquake kit list, the authorities of Ecuador claimed that 130 people are still missing and more than 25,000 homeless.

House demolished

There are also thousands injured and displaced.

Hundreds of emergency workers arrived from Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain and other countries.

Over the hours are growing fears about the situation of people left homeless by the quake, the lack of drinking water and the diseases that may arise.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS, for its acronym in English) the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and was recorded at 18:58 local time on Saturday (23:58 GMT).

The finding was supported by the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador.

President Rafael Correa broke off a trip to Europe and back in his country noted that this is “the greatest tragedy of the last 67 years , ” since the earthquake in Ambato of August 5, 1949 .

And according to the Geophysical Institute, more than 200 aftershocks, some with magnitude above 6 on the Richter scale have occurred since Saturday.

Emergency

The quake’s epicenter was between the towns of Cojimíes and Pedernales, in the north of the province of Manabi, where communities are most affected.

Manta and Portoviejo also suffered severe damage.

But the Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency throughout the country .

According to Vice President Jorge Glas, the decision was taken to ensure order, so that it can mobilize public force for the security of citizens and property.

The authorities also declared emergency in the provinces of Santa Elena, Manabi, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas and rivers.

President Correa said that Ecuador does not need food to cope with the situation, but if “something backup rescue teams”.

“Everything can rebuild, but you can not rebuild the lives lost and that’s what hurts us most , ” Bush said in a message that said some US $ 600 million were available to repair infrastructure.

Correa landed directly in Manta Sunday and toured the affected areas.

More than 10,000 soldiers and 4,600 police were deployed to assist in the rescue efforts and ensure order, after incidents in some localities affected were reported.

Consequences

The coastal town of Pedernales in Manabi province, is one of the towns that suffered the fury of the earthquake.

“It is the collapse of a house, but the collapse of an entire people,” said the mayor of Pedernales, Gabriel Alcívar, the Teleamazonas television.

The Telecosta canal, Esmeraldas province, reported power outages throughout the province, wounded and collapsed houses .

Guayaquil daily Expreso reported that several buildings and shopping centers throughout Ecuador were evacuated.

The quake also was felt strongly in Quito , about 170 kilometers from home, where residents gathered in the streets for fear of réplicas.El Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport of Guayaquil, was closed.

They killed at least 6 foreign

The quake was also felt in border areas of Colombia and Peru, as reported by means of Bogota and Lima.

Colombia’s foreign ministry reported the death of a citizen of that country in the earthquake, while Canada reported two.

Pascal Laflamme was on video with his father when the quake struck. His wife, Jennifer Mawn, 38, and his son Arthur, 12, died after collapsing the roof of the house where they lived.

Laflamme and a daughter who was not in the house survived.

According to the Attorney General of the Republic, at least in Pedernales at least 6 of the recovered bodies are foreign citizens.

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