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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 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.

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