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April 17, 2016 9:30 am

State of Emergency Declared in Ecuador After Earthquake Kills 77, Injures 588

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The aftermath of deadly earthquake in Ecuador that killed at least 77 people. Photo: Twitter.

The aftermath of deadly earthquake in Ecuador that killed at least 77 people. Photo: Twitter.

Ecuador was in a state of emergency Sunday after a powerful earthquake flattened buildings and ravaged towns along the nation’s northwestern coast Saturday night.

At least 77 people were killed and 588 were wounded, Vice President Jorge Glas said, after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck just before 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET).

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