Category: South America

Ecuador Hit By Aftershocks After 7.8 Magnitude Saturday Earthquake

Barely recovering from Saturday’s immense earthquake, Ecuador is rocked once again by a 6 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake on Saturday is the first Ecuador has faced in four decades. The earthquakes had killed about 587 people with thousands still missing.

The new magnitude-6 earthquake had struck around 62 miles north-northwest of Portoviejo with a depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

The local authorities have yet to estimate anything on injuries or damages in the area.

Saturday’s earthquake was the worst to hit the South American country in decades and had cost the country about £2.1 billion in damages.

Foreign aid and experts have arrived in the area to assess the situation. About 14,000 security personnel had been deployed in the area to prevent looting.

Supplies have been moved to the main towns and shelters set up for more than 25,000 people in football stadiums and airports, but badly damaged roads have delayed transport.

One man, asked to stay calm by an official at a food distribution point outside the town of Pedernales, showed his frustration.

“I can be patient,” he shouted back. “But not the children! They are crying.”