7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador
A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador about 8 pm on Saturday, affecting the capital of Quito, and the city of Guayaquil, among other places, and triggering Tsunami warnings along the coast.
The 7.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was off the northwest Pacific coast, and at least 28 people are dead, along with structural damage, and much fear and confusion. Parts of the capital were without electricity and telephone service, following the quake, but residents successfully communicated using whatsapp on their smart phones.
The temblor follows an earlier earthquake and tremors in Japan that killed 32 people in Kumamoto province, and 9 on Thursday.