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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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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.

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