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2016 Ecuador earthquake
Magnitude 7.8 Mw
Depth 20.6 km (12.8 mi)
Epicenter 0°22′16″N 79°56′24″W / 0.371°N 79.940°W / 0.371; -79.940
Type Thrust
Areas affected Ecuador, Colombia, Peru
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)
Foreshocks 4.8 Mw
Aftershocks 1,034 as of 07:50 ECT (12:50 UTC) April 28
Casualties 668 killed, 8 missing and 6,274 severely injured

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude struck Ecuador at 18:58 local time. It was centered about 17 miles from the town of Muisne and about 110 miles from the capital Quito. There was widespread damage, so that most infrastructures are destroyed. Structures hundreds of miles from the epicenter collapsed.

Over 272 people died. Over 2,500 people were injured.

President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency after the earthquake.

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