Hundreds killed in massive weekend earthquake

There are devastating losses along Ecuador’s Pacific Ocean coast, after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck over the weekend.
At least 272 people were killed, highways buckled and homes and buildings were flattened.

Crews there are searching through rubble for any victims or survivors. The death toll is expected to increase as those crews make their way to the hardest hit areas.
President Rafael Correa says Saturday night’s quake was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since a 1949 earthquake in the Andean city of Ambato, which took more than 5,000 lives.

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