“Pedernales (Ecuador) (AFP) – New aftershocks continued to rattle Ecuador Friday as emergency workers continued searching for bodies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 600 people.

A 6.0-magnitude quake struck just off the coast of northwest Ecuador around 10:00 pm Thursday (0300 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said.

It was followed by smaller aftershocks Friday morning, ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 5.2, said Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute.

AFP reporters in the region felt some shaking, but there were no immediate reports of new casualties or damage.

Ecuadoran authorities say more than 500 aftershocks have struck since Saturday’s earthquake”

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