Rescuers in Ecuador's port city of Manta Tuesday managed to free eight people trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center as the death toll from Saturday's earthquake climbed to more than 500 on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
The first person who was rescued emerged from a 2.5-foot hole cut through concrete and steel. She was caked in dust and complaining of pain but was otherwise okay.
In nearby Portoviejo, a cellphone call to a relative from underneath a collapsed hotel led searchers to Pablo Cordova, the hotel's administrator.
Officials said Tuesday the number of dead rose to 507 with about 2,560 people injured. Among the dead have been an American and two Canadians. Dozens remain missing.