Powerful earthquake hits Ecuador, killing at least 77 and injuring over 570

April 17, 2016 7:41 AM

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The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along the country's Pacific coast, killing at least 77 people and injuring 578, while causing damage in the capital and other major cities that were hundreds of miles away from the epicenter.

The death toll was expected to rise Sunday as rescuers reached the sparsely populated area of fishing ports and tourist beaches where the magnitude-7.8 quake was centered.

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