Free Press Journal

233 dead in ecuador quake


Quito :  The catastrophic earthquake that destroyed buildings in Ecuador on Saturday was far more devastating then thought earlier. At least 233 people have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Officials had previously put the toll at 77.

Another 1,500 people were injured. An eye-witness said they thought it was the end of the world. A Pacific Tsunami warning for other nations with coastlines was however canceled.

The deadly earthquake in Ecuador follows two deadly temblors in Japan last week. Forty-one people were killed when a magnitude-6.2 earthquake jolted the Kyushu region on Thursday, followed by a magnitude-7.0 in the same area on Saturday.