Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps to 233 more than 1,500 wounded


The catastrophic earthquake that destroyed buildings in Ecuador on Saturday became far more devastating Sunday, when the death toll rose to 233.
Another 1,500 people were injured, said Ricardo PeƱaherrera of Quito's emergency management office.
"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; it was very terrible here."
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Saturday night as it buckled homes and knocked out power in the city, Ecuador's most populous, authorities said. Emergency officials recovered one body from the scene of a bridge collapse there.
Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps to 233 more than 1,500 wounded Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps to 233 more than 1,500 wounded Reviewed by David Digil on Sunday, April 17, 2016 Rating: 5

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