Major earthquake rattles Ecuador

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Earthquakes in Japan and South America are leaving entire regions rattled physically and emotionally.

The latest quake, in Ecuador, is the strongest to hit that country since the 70s. It was a 7.8 magnitude tremor that devastated cities and killed more than 230 people, according to President Rafael Correa. Emergency management officials say some 1500 people have injuries, and the numbers could rise.

The earthquake hit overnight Saturday, centered on Ecuador's coast about 100 miles northwest of the capital, Quito. About 300 miles south of the epicenter, in Ecuador's most populous city Guayaquil, shoppers recorded video inside a store as the quake shook items on the shelves and knocked out the power. Firefighters rushed to the scene of a collapsed bridge, where one person died after their car was crushed.

Countless victims slept in the streets Saturday night as the government deployed tens of thousands of police and armed forces to the areas damaged by the quake.

Now, a long recovery and rebuilding process is getting under way as the full extent of the damage and casualties comes into focus.


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