Hundreds Dead After Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Hits Ecuador

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.

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.  

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 Rep├║blica del EcuadorNoticias del finEl UniversoRTSJHON WLJ / CC BY 3.0  and an image from U.S. Geological Survey