Strongest Earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979
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!