235 Dead, Over 1,500 Injured After Major 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Ecuador Coast

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(Worthy News) – A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles, or 14 kilometers, north-northwest of Pedernales, Ecuador killing at least 235 people. The massive quake struck at about 6:58 p.m. local time Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake’s epicenter was just under 100 miles (about 160 kilometers) from Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas said that in addition to the 235 people that were killed, 1,557 were injured across the cities of Manta, Guayaquil and Portoviejo, according to NBC News. The earthquake was the strongest to hit the nation in decades. [ … Read More (Source) ]

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