UPDATE: Resources being mobilized after 7.8 quake

Apr 17, 2016 11:30 AM

Authorities in Ecuador are mobilizing resources and help is getting to the ground after a long night of fear and uncertainty caused by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed at least 77 people and injured hundreds.

Vice President Jorge Glas is overseeing efforts until President Rafael Correa makes an emergency return from a visit to Rome. Glas arrived Sunday morning in Manta along the coast along with dozens of rescuers. The city's airport is badly damaged, but is receiving relief flights.

National airline TAME has already organized two humanitarian airlifts with members of the Red Cross and police reinforcements.

More than a dozen roads have been closed due to damage from the earthquake, making it harder for rescuers to reach where they are needed most.

Ecuador's seismological institute is reporting more than 135 aftershocks, including one that the U.S. Geological Survey measured at a magnitude of 5.6.

Authorities are warning that more aftershocks are likely.


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