Ecuador earthquake: At least 28 killed, state of emergency declared (Update)

Ecuador earthquake: At least 28 killed, state of emergency declared (Update)

Submitted by alvin on Sun, 2016-04-17 12:52 Washington DC: Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas announced that at least 28 people have been killed in the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the country's coast today. According to CNN, Glas told the nation in a televised address that a state of emergency was now in effect and added that preventative evacuations in coastal areas were underway because of possible tsunami risks. However, the tsunami threat warning for many nations in the Pacific following the quake has been cancelled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center who added that the forecast for some coastal areas of Ecuador still calls for the possibility of tsunami waves. The quake resulted in damage to some buildings and many areas have lost power. According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor was centered about 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) south-southeast of Muisne. A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck Ecuador in August 2010. (ANI)