News Update!!: Muisne, Ecuador: Latest information: Magnitude 7.8 earthquake.
According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits Muisne, Ecuador at 6:58pm local time (4:58pm PT) on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.
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At least 646 people, including an American, have been killed by the earthquake.
On Monday, April 18th, 2016, the State Department confirmed at least a United States citizen was killed.
“We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen and have been in touch with their family. We will continue working with Ecuadorian authorities going forward,” said State Department Spokesman John Kirby.
Over 2,500 people have been injured by the earthquake.
At least 130 people are reportedly missing. The amount of missing was 163 a few days ago.
Shanty towns and cheaply-constructed brick and concrete homes were reduced to rubble along the earthquake’s path.
In Guayaquil a shopping center’s roof fell down and a collapsed highway overpass crushed a car.
In Manta, the airport closed after the control tower collapsed, injuring an air traffic control worker and a security guard.
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake was the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, and was centered on Ecuador’s sparsely populated fishing ports and tourist beaches, just 105 miles northwest of Quito, Ecuador.
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