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    Ecuador Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 553 - Prosecutor General

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    The number of victims from this weeks’ deadly earthquake in Ecuador has climbed to 553 people, the Latin American republic’s prosecutor general said Wednesday.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The previous official death toll stood at 525 people.

    The prosecutor general added that over 4,000 have been wounded in the quake, and around 100 remained missing.

    A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck close to the town of Pedernales on Saturday, with the death toll climbing on a daily basis ever since.

    The earthquake caused damage to at least 805 buildings.


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