The Latest: 6.1 magnitude tremor felt in Ecuador
MONTECRISTI, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the Ecuadorean earthquake (all times local):
The U.S. Geological Survey says that a tremor of magnitude 6.1 has rattled Ecuador.
The tremor was centered offshore, 25 kms (15 miles) west of Muisne, at 3:33 a.m. local time.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
Ecuador’s National Prosecutors Office says the death toll from the weekend earthquake has risen to 525, up from a previous official toll of 507.
The office said on its official Twitter account Wednesday that there were at least 11 foreigners among the dead.
It said 15 of the dead remained unidentified but none was foreign.
The office said 435 of the dead were found in the Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales areas.
The Defense Department reported Tuesday that more than 200 people were still missing following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday.
Ecuadoreans began burying loved ones felled by the country’s deadliest earthquake in decades, while hopes faded that more survivors will be found.
In the small town of Montecristi, near the port city of Manta, two children were among those buried Tuesday. The funeral had to be held outside under a makeshift awning, because the town’s Roman Catholic church was unsafe from structural damage. Family members wailed loudly and one man fainted as the children were laid to rest in an above-ground vault.
Scenes of mourning multiplied all along Ecuador’s normally placid Pacific coastline, where the tremor flattened towns.