Rescue workers work to pull out survivors trapped in a collapsed building after a huge earthquake struck, in the city of Manta early on April 17, 2016.
At least 41 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities said late on April 16.
The Ecuador quake comes after two powerful earthquakes hit Japan last week, killing at least 41 people with 11 others still missing Sunday.
Landslides in Ecuador complicated emergency workers efforts to reach some areas hardest hit.
The most deadly earthquake to hit Ecuador in nearly two decades has left at least 246 dead, and leaders of the Andean nation cautioned on Sunday that the death toll could still rise.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake, which also injured more than 2,500, struck Saturday night, toppling buildings, damaging roads and impacting cities hundreds of miles away from its epicenter near the small fishing village of Muisne.
Glas, in a televised address, said the death toll would likely rise."No Ecuadorian is alone," he said in a message on Twitter. nation that is united and will emerge stronger from this disaster." Pope Francis, addressing the faithful in St.
In the port city of Guayaquil, an overpass collapsed on a car, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger, Colombian broadcaster Noticias Caracol reported.
Many survivors were trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings, as rescue workers try to pull them out."These are very difficult moments," said Vice President Jorge Glas, who had taken charge of recovery efforts until Correa returned from a Vatican conference.
"We have information that there are injured people who are trapped (under rubble) in different districts and we are getting ready to rescue them."The quake caused damage as far away as 300 miles south of the epicenter.
More than 135 aftershocks have been felt, according to Ecuador’s seismological institute.
President Rafael Correa, who was traveling abroad on official business, declared a national emergency and urged Ecuadoreans to stay strong.“Everything can be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s the most painful,” he said in a phone call to state TV before departing Rome straight for the coastal Ecuador city of Manta.
Correa on Twitter described Pedernales, a city of about 40,000 near the epicenter, as "destroyed."After the tremblor, residents slept in the streets while men using car headlights tried to rescue survivors who could be heard trapped under the rubble, the Associated Press reported."We’re trying to do the most we can, but there’s almost nothing we can do,” said Pedernales Mayor Gabriel Alcivar.