6.0-Magnitude Aftershock Strikes Coast of Ecuador
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The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that a 6.0-magnitude aftershock was felt Thursday night off the coast of Ecuador, ABC News reported.
The USGS said the aftershock was centered 20.5 miles north-northwest of Bahia de Caraquez, a tourist spot on the coast of Ecuador, ABC said.
Since last Saturday’s deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake, 700 aftershocks have shaken the country but no further damage has been reported, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. More than 70 aftershocks hit between Thursday night and Friday, the country's geology institute said.
As of Friday, the death toll from the earthquake had gone up to 602 people, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The worst quake in almost 70 years, it injured almost 12,500 people and left 130 people missing, emergency management authorities said in a bulletin.
More than 23,000 people were left homeless after the earthquake, government officials told ABC News.
To help with the cost of reconstruction, President Rafael Correa said he will raise sales taxes and put a one-time levy on millionaires, ABC News reported.
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