MOSCOW — At least 77 people have been killed and 588 injured in a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Ecuador coast.
The quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks.
The disaster has ravaged coastal towns and left thousands of households without power.
A 5.6-magnitude aftershock has hit Ecuadorian coast, according to USGS.
The quake hit 24 km from Bahia de Caraquez and 32 km from Chrone.
President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the Andean nation’s 16 million people to stay calm.
“Our infinite love to the families of the dead,” he said on Twitter, while cutting short a trip to Italy to return home. PNA/Sputnik/northboundasia.com