ECUADOR HIT WITH WORST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY

ECUADOR HIT WITH WORST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY

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ECUADOR HIT WITH WORST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY

– Earthquake has hit Ecuador again, as it is the greatest in the history of the country.

– Currently, the earthquake has devastated buildings, shops, homes and cars

ECUADOR HIT WITH WORST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY

Currently, Ecuador is facing a lot of earthquakes. The earthquake had hit the country so hard as it had faced a lot of damage in homes, shops, and damage of cars.

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in 37 years flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, killing at least 270 people with that number still rising.

Thousands were injured and tens of thousands had to be evacuated as the tremors struck along the Pacific.

According to CBN News, the magnitude-7.8 quake is the third quake to hit along the Pacific Coast after Japan was hit by a 6.5 quake on Thursday and a second one on Friday. More than 40 were killed in Japan.

In Ecuador on Sunday, Christians prayed for the victims of the nation’s worst earthquake in decades. Amid the rubble, the desperate search for survivors continued. Time is running out to reach survivors still trapped.

“My little nephew was inside,” one woman cried, as rescuers nearby pulled bodies from collapsed homes, businesses and even a hospital – all in ruins.

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in 37 years flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, killing at least 270 people with that number still rising.

In the capital Quito, terrified people fled into the streets as the quake shook their buildings. It knocked out electricity in several neighborhoods and a few homes collapsed but after a few hours power was being restored.

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Among those killed was the driver of a car crushed by an overpass that buckled in Guayaquil, the country’s most populous city. The city’s international airport was also briefly closed. Hydroelectric dams and oil pipelines in the OPEC-member nation were shut down as a precautionary measure but so there were no reports of damage to them.

Towns near the epicenter were evacuated as a precautionary measure in case of hazardous tsunami waves but several hours later authorities said was safe for coastal residents to return to their homes.

Ecuador’s ally Venezuela pledged humanitarian aid while neighbor Colombia, where the quake was also felt, said it stands ready to help in any way possible. The government is drawing on $600 million in emergency funding from multilateral banks to rebuild, Correa said.

Federica Mogherini, chief diplomat for the European Union, announced that it would help the South American country. The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the quake at a magnitude of 7.4 then raised it to 7.8. It had a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles).

Meanwhile, 4,000 miles across the Pacific, and on the other side of the “Ring of Fire in Japan, twin earthquakes killed at least 40 people and 1,100 were injured in the quakes that hit the region near Kumamoto city late Thursday and early Sunday.

Collapsed roads and bridges slowed efforts to reach victims desperate for food, water, medicine. The U.S. military is now assisting Japanese forces, by airlifting in supplies.

Operation Blessing is helping in both countries. In Japan, the disaster relief organization is providing generators, water, and food. They are working closely with Kumamoto Harvest Church and Pastor Koji Nakamura, whose church is in the city center close to the epicenter.

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Take a look at a cross session of pictures from the earthquake magnitude.

ECUADOR HIT WITH WORST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY

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