A devastating M7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, 2016 killing at least 233 people.
The killer quake struck just before midnight (11:58 UTC) 170 km (105.6 mi) from Quito, the capital city. 9 moderate to strong afteshocks rocked the same area. Here a large compilation of videos and pictures from social media.
The catastrophic earthquake in Ecuador became far more devastating Sunday, when the death toll soared to 235… And it’s expected to rise.
Look at these cars shaking! It’s insane!
At least 1,500 people were injured.
A state of emergency is in effect for six provinces — Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos.
Even some houses 300 miles away from the quake’s epicenter were violently shaken.
Similar to the end of the world.
It’s the deadliest earthquake to hit the nation since March 1987 when a 7.2-magnitude temblor killed 1,000 people.
The tremor was centered 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) southeast of the coastal town of Muisne, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
9 moderate to strong aftershocks were registered after the main quake:
M5.4 – 34km N of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
M4.5 – 43km SW of Muisne, Ecuador
M4.8 – 34km NNE of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
M4.5 – 33km NW of Pedernales, Ecuador
M4.8 – 44km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
M4.5 – 46km WNW of Pedernales, Ecuador
M5.6 – 24km NE of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
M4.5 – 37km WNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
M5.5 – 50km NW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital of Quito, 173 kilometers (108 miles) from the quake epicenter.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami threat following the earthquake has “mostly passed.” An earlier warning for other nations with coastlines on the Pacific was canceled.
The magnitude-7.8 quake struck off Ecuador’s central coast on Saturday, April 16, flattening buildings and buckling highways.
Chaos in supermarket:
Bad real bad!
The terrifying moment when the earthquake struck:
The deadly earthquake in Ecuador follows two deadly temblors in Japan last week during which forty-one people were killed.