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 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


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.

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