Ecuador earthquake leaves hundreds dead

At least 480 people have died in Ecuador following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck off the country's northwest Pacific coast.

President Correa confirmed the death toll had reached the hundreds after the quake caused "considerable damage" near the epicentre as well as in the largest city of Guayaquil.

It follows the deaths of at least 32 people across the Pacific in Japan after two large earthquakes hit in the past few days.

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Ecuador: Man pulled out of collapsed hotel alive

A man was pulled from a collapsed hotel alive in a daring rescue mission following Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Dramatic footage shows hotel administrator Pablo Cordova being lifted from the rubble by several rescue workers in the coastal city of Portoviejo.

Mr Cordova was rescued after he managed to call a relative under the debris after the building collapsed.

Once removed from the disaster site, Mr Cordova was taken away on a stretcher, as he waved to cheering onlookers.

Saturday's earthquake has left at least 480 people dead and more than 2,500 people injured.


USA to send team to Ecuador to help with quake relief

A rescue worker near collapsed buildings caused by the 7.8 earthquake. Credit: Reuters

The USA is to send a team of disaster experts to help Ecuador with relief efforts following Saturday's major earthquake, a USAID official said.

The official said a small support team would also work with the U.N.'s Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, which is helping Ecuador coordinate international rescue efforts.

The team will help with damage assessments and identifying humanitarian needs, the official added.

At least 413 people have died after the 7.8 quake and thousands are injured.

Ecuador quake death toll rises to 413

The death toll caused by the quake has jumped to 413, government sources said. Credit: Reuters

The death toll caused by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off Ecuador's coast has killed 413 people, the government said.

The number of injured rose to over 2,600.

President Rafael Correa warned that reconstruction following the country's biggest disaster in decades would cost "billions" and the economic impact could be "huge".

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."

'Over 230 people dead' after Ecuador earthquake

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Duncan Golestani:

The number of people dead after an earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 233, according to President Rafael Correa.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the country's northwest Pacific coast.

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