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Magnitude 6.2 Quake Strikes Off Ecuador Coast

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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck off the coast of Ecuador, according to the US Geological Survey.

Wednesday's tremor was centred offshore, about 44 miles from the Pacific coast town Esmeraldas at a depth of  six miles, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

It hit about 3.30am local time - not far from the epicentre of Saturday's quake - and woke people up sending them running into the street.

The previous strongest aftershock was magnitude 5.7.

There were no immediate reports of any damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

It comes just  days after the deadly 7.8 magnitude quake which flattened towns, killing 480 people and injuring a further 4,600.

At least 11 foreigners are believed to be among the dead, according to officials.

Concerns remain for the hundreds of people still missing in the wake of the disaster, with hopes fading of any more survivors being found.

Funerals have started taking place - some outside churches which have been rendered structurally unsafe.

Two children killed while buying school supplies with their mother were among those buried in the small town of Montecristi, near the port city of Manta.

Funeral parlours were said to be running out of caskets to accommodate the number of casualties in affected areas.

The estimated financial cost of the weekend quake has been put at between $2bn (£1.3bn) and $3bn (£2bn).

Communities have been devastated by the disaster with some 20,500 people made homeless, thousands of buildings and roads destroyed and survivors struggling without water, power or transport as aid trickles in.

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