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Ecuador earthquake death toll jumps to 350

Emergency services work at a disaster site after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast. Credit: Reuters

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off Ecuador's coast has now killed 350 people, President Rafael Correa said.

At least 2,068 people were injured in the quake, which destroyed buildings and roads, and knocked out power.

Around 230 aftershocks rattled survivors, who left their homes to gather in the streets.

President Correa toured the city of Portoviejo inside the disaster zone, speaking with victims and surveying the damage.

He said the post-quake reconstruction will cost "billions of dollars", adding that the death is likely to rise even further.

Irish nun killed in Ecuador earthquake

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett was killed in the earthquake in Ecuador. Credit: PA

A young nun from Derry city has been killed in the earthquake in Ecuador.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, 33, was killed when a stairwell collapsed in the school she was working at in Playa Prieta.

Her family said in a glowing tribute: "She was a superstar. Everybody loved her."

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Ecuador earthquake: What we know so far

An overpass buckled in the city of Guayaquil, crushing a car. Credit: RTV

A huge earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Saturday. Here's what we know so far:

  • A 7.8 magnitude tremor struck off the Pacific coast, killing 77 people and injuring more than 570
  • A national emergency has been declared by President Rafael Correa and the national guard deployed
  • There has been widespread damage, particularly in western coastal areas, with many people feared trapped under collapsed buildings
  • The quake struck early evening at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles)
  • It was the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979
  • There have been reports of looting amid the chaos

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Tsunami warning after 7.8 magnitude quake in Ecuador

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, creating the possibility of dangerous waves along the coasts of Ecuador and Colombia.

The quake, graded at 7.8 magnitude by the US Geological Survey, was centred just off the coast of Ecuador 107 miles from the capital, Quito.

"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Ecuador and Colombia," the warning center said.

22 people die in Ecuadorian army plane crash

22 people have died in an Ecuadorian army plane crash Credit: Google Maps

An Ecuadorian army plane has crashed, killing all 22 people on board, according to the country's president.

Rafael Correa said on Twitter there were no survivors of the crash in the east of the country.

He called the incident "a tragedy."

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