The most powerful earthquake in decades has taken 272 lives in Ecuador, with more expected. Worst hit has been the Ecuadorean Pacific coast, where towns have been reduced to rubble and badly needed medical facilities have been heavily damaged.
Rescuers in Ecuador have continued to sift through rubble where structures once stood as they look for survivors. Authorities now estimate at least 272 dead and more than 2,500 injured, also inmates break out of prison.
At least 262 people have died after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador. Vice President Jorge Glas has called for an evacuation of coastal areas as a precaution against rising tides.
The move comes after Vice President Jorge Glas had delivered a written critique of President Lenin Moreno. Since the vice president is elected by popular vote, the president cannot sack him.
A second earthquake has struck near the coast of Ecuador. It comes as the country is clearing up, mourning and counting the cost of another huge quake just four days earlier.
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