Powerful Ecuador earthquake kills 262

Rubble from Ecuador earthquake
(Image credit: Juan Cevallos/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 262 people died after Ecuador was hit Saturday with its strongest earthquake since 1979, The Associated Press reports. Thousands more were injured. President Rafael Correa declared a national state of emergency.

The magnitude-7.8 quake struck near fishing ports and tourist beaches 105 miles northwest of Quito, the nation's capital. Ecuador's earthquake was six times as strong as the more powerful of the two that shook Japan a day earlier, a geosciences professor told AP.

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Julie Kliegman

Julie Kliegman is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Vox, Mental Floss, Paste, the Tampa Bay Times and PolitiFact. Her cats can do somersaults.