Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after a strong earth quake flattened buildings and ravaged cities killing about 250 people.
States of emergency were declared for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo. The quake was strongly felt in country’s capital of Quito, around 100 miles away.
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Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas said that death toll may increase. A strong quake of the magnitude of 7.8 struck off the coast of Ecuador , Xinhua news agency cited the US Geological Survey (USGS) as saying.
The quake was also strongly felt in several other Ecuadorian cities. The media reported that at least one house and an overpass had collapsed in the port city of Guayaquil.
The quake was centred just off the coast at a shallow depth of 19 km, according to the USGS, which originally put the quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale and then raised it to 7.8. Ecuador’s Institute of Geophysics put the quake’s magnitude at 6.5 and the depth at 10 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some coasts. Ecuador is located in a region with frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
The quake which occurred at 18.58 (local time) was centred just off the country’s northwest coast at a shallow depth of 19 km, according to the US Geological Survey, which originally put the quake at a magnitude of 7.4 and then raised it to 7.8.
Ecuador’s Institute of Geophysics put the magnitude at 6.5 and the depth at 10 km.
In the capital city of Quito, the quake was felt for about 40 seconds and people fled to the streets in panic.
In the biggest port city of Guayaquil, an overline bridge collapsed on top of a car and the roof of a supermarket buckled.
In the coastal city of Manta, the airport was closed after the control tower suffered severe damages.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some coasts.
Ecuador is located in a region with frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes