Hmm: Big 7.8 quake rocks Ecuador on Saturday

Hmm: Big 7.8 quake rocks Ecuador on Saturday
Bridge in Ecuador after magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 16 Apr 2016. (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Starting to wonder about that speculation from Thursday on a looming “Big One.”  The Pacific rim’s out there doing somersaults.]

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off the coast of Ecuador late on Saturday, sending confused residents streaming into the streets of the capital Quito and spurring warnings of strong waves on the Andean nation’s coast.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for local coasts.

‘Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometres of the earthquake epicenter,’ the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. …

Pictures provided to Reuters by the government showed a bridge collapsed in the coastal city of Guayaquil and a collapsed tower at the airport in the city of Manta. …

Photos on social media showed cracks in the walls of shopping centers.

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