A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Muisne, Ecuador which is 105 miles from the country’s capital, Quito. More than 350 people have been confirmed dead and the number of injured is above 2,500. In fact, there was a smaller foreshock about 11 minutes prior that measured a magnitude of 4.8.
Update 1: Death toll climbs to over 400
Update 2: Death toll now over 500
Many highways are in bad shape and the lack of food and communication is a big problem. A state of emergency is in effect.
The USGS reported that it struck around 8pm local time as it caused several buildings to sway and forced residents to flee their homes while the earth shook for about 40 seconds. Electricity was knocked out in many areas as aftershocks, some as strong as magnitude 5.6, continue throughout the night.
A tsunami warning was issued for nearby coastlines as The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves could reach anywhere between one to three feet above tide level but was later called off.
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