Strongest Earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979

Last Update: April 18, 2016

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979 flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. It was centered on Ecuador's sparsely populated fishing ports and tourist beaches, 105 miles (170 kilometers) northwest of Quito, the capital.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the quake at a magnitude of 7.4 then raised it to 7.8. It had a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles). More than 135 aftershocks followed, one as strong as magnitude-5.6, and authorities urged residents to brace for even stronger ones in the coming hours and days.

Officials said Sunday at least 350 people were killed and well over 588 injured, with people still reported trapped beneath collapsed buildings. The damage stretched for hundreds of miles to the capital and other major cities.

Ecuador's Geophysics Institute says 230 aftershocks had hit as of Sunday night, ranging in magnitude from 3.5 to 6.1 and striking at shallow depths.

Let us pray for our friends in Ecuador in this trying time!

William :(

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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Keeping them in my thoughts and prayers!
Amasonmarket Premium
Good information and I wish you attain your heart desires.

GaryMoorey1 Premium
I cant like but I can offer up my thoughts of comfort and hope all the injured people get better soon and send the families that have lost various members my very sincere condolences.
KatieMac Premium
not good will pray for all those who are there that it will not be too bad it may just pass by
joyweb Premium
I can't like this but I will pray.
WBurton Premium
Thanks Joy, It's all I ask. :)
JauA Premium
Thanks for sharing. All our prayers will help. Regards, Jan
WannBO Premium
sending prayers as well!
uga23 Premium
I and my family are sending our prayers.
AlejandraB Premium
I sympathize with all the people in Ecuador, I used to live one hour driving from Mexico City during 1985 earthquake, a big earthquake is something!
Thanks for sharing this post.
WBurton Premium
I have friends down there and am worried about their safety, I haven't heard from them?
JudeP Premium
I hesitate to click on like but didn't want to not acknowledge this.
WBurton Premium
I sympathize with you as well Jude,