Powerful earthquake in Ecuador leaves behind trail of destruction

This picture shows people looking at a collapsed home after an earthquake in the city of Guayaquil on April 17, 2016. At least 77 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and a bridge and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities in the Latin American country said on April 17.(AFP)

A collapsed home is seen after an earthquake in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador on 17 April, 2016. AFP

Rescue workers work to pull out survivors trapped in a collapsed building after a huge earthquake struck, in the city of Manta early on April 17, 2016. At least 41 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities said late on April 16.(AFP)

At least 77 people were killed in the earthquake, which was recorded at a 7.8 magnitude. In this photo, rescue workers are seen working to pull out survivors trapped in a collapsed building in the city of Manta. AFP

Residents walk on a street amid destroyed buildings following an earthquake, April 16, 2016 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At least 28 people were killed by a strong 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Ecuador, the country's Vice President Jorge Glas said. A tate of emergency had been declared nationwide.(AFP)

The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake was the strongest sjnce 1979 to hit Ecuador. AFP

This picture shows two men removing debris from a fallen building after an earthquake in the city of Guayaquil on April 17, 2016. At least 77 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and a bridge and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities in the Latin American country said on April 17. MARCOS PIN MENDEZ / AFP

Two men are seen removing debris from a fallen building. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa called on people in the country to stay strong. AFP

This picture shows a collapsed home after an earthquake in the city of Guayaquil on April 17, 2016. At least 77 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and a bridge and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities in the Latin American country said on April 17. MARCOS PIN MENDEZ / AFP

A collapsed home is seen after the earthquake in the city of Guayaquil. AFP


Updated Date: Apr 17, 2016 15:39 PM

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