BREAKING NEWS: 7.8 Quake Hits Ecuador

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Courtesy Hipertextual and Twitter. Damage at the City of Pedernales

Latest numbers of dead and injured from Vice President Glas

. confirma la cifra de 1557 heridos y 235 personas fallecidas lamentablemente

1557 people injured and 235 confirmed dead.

As of Sunday morning President Correa has announced 233 people have been killed.

10:05 Ecuadorian Red Cross already involved in rescue operations with over 1200 volunteers.

más d 1200 voluntarios se encuentran trabajando en rescate, apoyo en evacuación, primeros auxilios

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Update 9:44 The authorities have confirmed 41 people dead due to the earthquake in Ecuador. This is according to Fire officials.

Oh and Google has a tool to find people in the area

It is called Person Finder, and it will help you find somebody in the area.

Update 9:20 The town of Babahoyo reports over 20 injured due to the collapse of housing.

Primer informe de Gestión de Riesgo Municipal registra más de 20 heridos por colapso estructural de viviendas

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Update 8:45 A hotel collapsed and citizens and rescue services are attempting to extricate women and children in the rubble. This is in Porto Viejo, in the province of Manabi as far as we can tell. Realize this is reported on social media, so it is near impossible to confirm.

Desde Manabí : “: Hotel Umiña colapso hay niños y mujeres atrapados bomberos y ciudadanos intentan rescatar ”

There is no Tsunami Warning for the United States

 COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA...

EVALUATION
----------
 * NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.

 * SOME OF THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE MAY EXPERIENCE NON-DAMAGING
   SEA LEVEL CHANGES.


PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS - UPDATED
-------------------------------------------
 * THE FOLLOWING PARAMETERS ARE BASED ON A RAPID PRELIMINARY
   ASSESSMENT AND CHANGES MAY OCCUR.

 * MAGNITUDE      7.7
 * ORIGIN TIME    1559 AKDT APR 16 2016
                  1659  PDT APR 16 2016
                  2359  UTC APR 16 2016
 * COORDINATES    0.2 NORTH 80.1 WEST
 * DEPTH          6 MILES
 * LOCATION       NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR           


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND NEXT UPDATE
--------------------------------------
 * REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR
   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

 * PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA... OREGON... 
   WASHINGTON... BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE 
   PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.

 * THIS WILL BE THE FINAL U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
   MESSAGE FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
   BECOMES AVAILABLE.

Update 8:00 According to VP Glass here is where the dead are:

16 personas fallecidas en Portoviejo, 10 en Manta, 2 en Guayas, según vicepresidente Jorge Glas

16 in Portoviejo, 10 in Manta, 2 un Guayas.

Update 7:50 President Rafael Correa was still in Rome for the same conference that Senator Bernie Sanders attended. He told in a tweet to the citizens of Peru that they will be back in the afternoon. They are leaving at 10 in the morning Rome time and are expected to arrive then.

Lo más pronto que podemos regresar es 10h00 hora de Roma, 3h00 hora de Ecuador. Llegaremos en la tarde. ¡Ánimo!

The Twitter also was used to inform people that the command and control centers are up. Vice President Glass asked the citizens to remain calm.

 

Update 7:40… Not surprisingly a state of emergency has been declared.

Update: This is a photo of the damage at the Guayaquil airport. According to local media people ran out of the airport as soon as the quake hit. People present at the airport also spoke of lamps falling. There was reportedly a panic.

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Image via twitter

CNN is confirming 28 people dead. This is according to the Vice President Jorge Glas.

April 16, 2016 (QUITO, ECUADOR) The city of Quito was hit by a major quake. According to the United States Geological Service it was 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador with an intensity of 7.8 in the Richter scale. It was also pretty shallow with a depth of 10 km, that be 6.21 miles. This is capable of doing major damage. There is a Tsunami alert for the coastal areas of Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador. 

According to the USGS the quake might have been felt by 15.2 million people, and can cause severe damage.

The earthquake has caused the airport at Quito to be evacuated. Telephone and electric services are down. The City of Manta has at least one building that has collapsed. One bridge collapsed in the city of Guayaquil according to the Fire Department. We are attaching the Tweet, and will translate.

Puente colapsado en Av de las Américas, tomar precauciones.@BomberosGYE atendiendo emergencias.

  • Bridge collapsed at the avenue of the Americas, be careful. the fire department is dealing with emergencies.

CNN is also reporting one person dead.

We will update as more information becomes available.

 

 

 

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