Deadly earthquake hits Ecuador

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A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake has killed 28 people in Ecuador, Vice-President Jorge Glas has said citing preliminary reports.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces, after the tremor struck near the country's coast.

The quake, centred near the city of Muisne, shook buildings in the capital Quito more than 160km away (100 miles).

There are reports of an overpass being destroyed in the port city of Guayaquil and damage to buildings in many areas.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says hazardous waves are possible on coastlines within 300km.(BBC)

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