Submitted by ub on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 13:21

A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit residents of Ecuador's central coast on Saturday, cracking buildings and shaking homes as far away as Quito, the capital city. Some say the earthquake was felt for about 40 seconds and people fled to the streets in fear.

The capital city of Quito was 170 kilometers (105 miles) from the quake's epicenter and knocked out electricity and cellphone coverage in several neighborhoods in this European styled capital.

BBC News - Ecuador earthquake: Death toll rises to 233

A rescue worker searches rubble of a destroyed house in Pedernales, Ecuador. Story:

Hundreds killed and injured in powerful Ecuador earthquake

Powerful Earthquake Rattles Ecuador… via @nbcnews