77 dead and hundreds injured in Ecuador Quake

Posted by on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Saturday night a strong 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Ecuador at a depth of 10 km.

So far 77 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more are injured. The earthquake also prompted officials to issue tsunami advisories.

Builds sustained structural damage, some crumbled to the ground.

This was the strongest earthquake to strike the nation of 15 million in decades.

President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and rushed home from a visit to Rome.

10,000 military personnel have been deployed to assist.

This earthquake follows a series of strong earthquakes along the Pacific Ring of Fire  over the past week.

The Ring of Fire is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements.



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