According to initial reports a tsunami alert has been issued for coastal areas of Ecuador and Colombia. There are no immediate reports of casualties, but in the port city of Guayaquil at least one house and an overpass collapsed, media reported.
According to initial reports a tsunami alert has been issued for coastal areas of Ecuador and Colombia. There are no immediate reports of casualties, but in the port city of Guayaquil at least one house and an overpass collapsed, media reported. EPA - USGS HANDOUT

7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador

A POWERFUL, 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador's central coast today, cracking buildings and rattling homes as far away as the capital of Quito.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 27 kilometres south-southeast of Muisne, Ecuador, in a sparsely populated area of fishing ports popular with tourists. It had a depth of 19 kilometres. It originally put the quake at a magnitude of 7.4 then raised it to 7.8.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some coasts.

Emergency services have ruled there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand.

New Zealand authorities were alerted to the possible risk of a tsunami to its coastline after the earthquake.

Read more at NZ Herald


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