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Pope prays for earthquake victims in Ecuador, Japan

Rescue workers struggle to save survivors trapped in a collapsed building in the city of Manta, Ecuador. On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the earthquake in Ecuador, and for victims of another quake in Japan. - AFP

Rescue workers struggle to save survivors trapped in a collapsed building in the city of Manta, Ecuador. On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the earthquake in Ecuador, and for victims of another quake in Japan. - AFP

17/04/2016 13:09

(Vatican Radio) During remarks following the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.

“May the help of God and of their brothers give them strength and support,” he said.

More than 273 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck Ecuador overnight. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency.

On Saturday, a 7.3 magnitude quake hit Japan, killing at least 32 people, injuring about a thousand and causing widespread damage to houses, roads and bridges. 

17/04/2016 13:09