Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps to 246; more than 2,500 injured

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ecuador-earthquake Apr 2016(CNN)Rescue crews searched desperately through rubble Sunday for survivors of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador.

The death toll has soared to 246, Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas said Sunday evening on Ecuador TV. At least 2,527 people were injured, he

The hardest-hit area was the coastal Manabi Province, where about 200 people died, said Ricardo
Peñaherrera of Ecuador’s national emergency management office. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo and
Pedernales, a tourist destination, saw the most devastation but damage was widespread throughout
the country.

“It was the worst experience of my life,” survivor Jose Meregildo said Sunday about the tremors that
violently shook his house in Guayaquil, 300 miles away from the quake’s epicenter. “Everybody in my
neighborhood was screaming saying it was going to be the end of the world.”

The earthquake hit Saturday night, buckling overpasses, causing houses to collapse and knocking out
power in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populous city, authorities said. People left their homes and
wandered around, some sleeping in the streets.

People looking for family and friends frantically dug with their hands and tools until excavation
equipment arrived. Emergency officials recovered one body from the scene of a bridge collapse there.

via By Ralph Ellis, Faith Karimi and Azadeh Ansari, CNN

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