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17 Apr, 2016 20:17

Post-quake chaos in Ecuador in 10 heart-wrenching photos (GRAPHIC)

Post-quake chaos in Ecuador in 10 heart-wrenching photos (GRAPHIC)

Harrowing images from Ecuador reveal the devastation caused by the worst earthquake in the South American nation in 37 years.

WARNING: YOU MAY FIND SOME OF THE PICTURES DISTURBING

Two hundred and thirty eight people were killed and around 1,500 injured in a disaster, which hit Ecuador's Pacific coast, 170 kilometers northwest of the country’s capital, Quito, on Saturday.

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It is unclear how many remain trapped in the debris, with numerous homes having been reduced to rubble in Manta, Portoviejo, Pedernales, Guayaquil and other coastal cities and villages.

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A massive rescue operation involving emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers in underway across the country. 

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It’s the worst disaster of its kind in Ecuador since the earthquake of 1979, in which 600 people were killed and 20,000 injured.

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