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Magnitude 7.8 quake kills at least 41 in Ecuador

Updated 4:22pm — At least 41 people are dead after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred Saturday evening on the coast of Ecuador, officials say.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populous city, emergency personnel recovered one body from the scene of a bridge collapse, a police officer told reporters with Ecuadorian TV stations.

Elsewhere in the city of 2 million people, shoppers were shaken by the quake. Video from a store showed kitchen utensils and pans hanging from an end cap swinging slightly back and forth and some items falling off shelves.
The lights in the store go out and alarms go off.

The shaking appears to last less than a minute.

A resident of the city told his brother, a CNN employee, that there is damage to some buildings and many areas have lost power.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor was centered about 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) south-southeast of Muisne.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital of Quito, located 173 kilometers (108 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake.


A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck Ecuador in August 2010.


*Please note Civil Defence says there is NO Tsunami threat for New Zealand – WW.


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