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Ecuador Earthquake Kills Dozens
   2016-04-17 15:18:53    AP/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Cong

The photo shows the inside of a supermarket in Ecuador after the country was hit by a powerful earthquake on April 16, 2016. [Photo:Weibo.com/cctv]

Another earthquake measuring 5.6 magnitudes has hit Ecuador, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The first 7.8-magnitude tremor, Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades, struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday morning, killing at least 77 people and causing damage near the epicenter as well as in the largest city of Guayaquil.
  
President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the Andean nation's 16 million people to stay calm.
  
"Our infinite love to the families of the dead," he said on Twitter, while cutting short a trip to Italy to return home.
  
Authorities urged people to evacuate coastal areas for fear of rising tides.

Alarmed residents streamed into the streets of the highland capital Quito, hundreds kilometers (miles) away, and other towns across the nation.
  
Local media showed images of rubble-strewn streets and fallen power lines.
  
The government said the death toll would likely rise and damages were "serious", especially in the western coastal areas nearest the quake and in Guayaquil.

"Unfortunately, up to the moment there are 41 citizens who have lost their lives," said Vice President Jorge Glas, noting that it was the strongest quake to hit Ecuador since 1979.
  
The quake struck early evening at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles), and was felt all around the country.
  
Guayaquil Mayor Jaime Nebot, who was traveling in Spain, said on his Facebook page he would coordinate recovery operations from where he was.
  
A heavily-used bridge collapsed on a car, killing one occupant and injuring the other. There were also reports of minor damage to the lobby of a hotel, as well as images of a collapsed control tower at an airport in the city of Manta.
  
Parts of the capital were without power or telephone service, with many communicating only via WhatsApp. Photos on social media showed cracks in the walls of shopping centers.
  
The capital's municipal government later said power had been restored and there were no reports of casualties in the city.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter (one to three feet) above tide level were possible for some coastal areas of Ecuador.
  
State officials said the OPEC nation's oil production was not affected by the quake but that the principal refinery of Esmeraldas, located near the epicenter, had been halted as a precaution.


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