7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Ecuador, 77 Dead, Tsunami Predicted


The Ring of Fire is exploding. In the last 72 hours, two devastating earthquakes slammed Japan, causing many to ask if they were a precursor to a major event.

Soon after the quakes, a nearby volcano in Japan began spewing smoke.

Now, a massive 7.8 magnitude quake has struck Ecuador, with at least 77 people already confirmed dead.

CNN reports:

A tsunami threat warning for many nations in the Pacific that followed the quake has been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The forecast for some coastal areas of Ecuador still calls for the possibility of tsunami waves.

At least one person was dead after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake occurred Saturday evening on the coast of Ecuador, officials said.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populous city, emergency personnel recovered one body from the scene of a bridge collapse, a police officer told reporters with Ecuadorian TV stations.

Elsewhere in the city of 2 million people, shoppers were shaken by the quake. Video from a store showed kitchen utensils and pans hanging from an end cap swinging slightly back and forth and some items falling off shelves.

The lights in the store go out and alarms go off.

The shaking appears to last less than a minute.

A resident of the city told his brother, a CNN employee, that there is damage to some buildings and many areas have lost power.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor was centered about 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) south-southeast of Muisne.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital of Quito, located 173 kilometers (108 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake.

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