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Hundreds Dead After Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Hits Ecuador

At least 230 people were killed when the earthquake hit Ecuador Saturday night. Officials have declared a state of emergency for six provinces.

By Melissa Prax | April 17, 2016

Hundreds are dead and hundreds more are injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador's coast Saturday night.

The country's officials placed six provinces under a state of emergency after the quake.

This is the strongest earthquake Ecuador has experienced in decades. Officials say at least $300 million will be allocated to recovery efforts.  

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The country has experienced aftershocks since the earthquake, but power has been restored in several places, and a tsunami warning was issued after the quake but has since been lifted.

The U.S. Geological Survey says this earthquake had a shallow depth of 11.9 miles, which is typical of most larger earthquakes in South America. 

Ecuador's president was at the Vatican for a conference during the earthquake but will return home Sunday night to help officials manage from the ground.

This video includes clips from Presidencia de la República del EcuadorNoticias del finEl UniversoRTSJHON WLJ / CC BY 3.0  and an image from U.S. Geological Survey

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