Ecuador’s Most Devastating Quake in Decades

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador over the weekend, killing at least 272—and the death toll is likely to rise.

The quake—the country’s most devastating in 40 years—hit in a sparsely populated coastal area around 100 miles west from the capital, Quito. But many people are trapped under collapsed buildings, including 3 hotels in hard-hit Pedernales. Landslides closed a dozen roads, complicating relief efforts, The Guardian reports.

3,000 to 5,000 people are in need of emergency shelter, according to the Ecuadorian Red Cross, which estimates that 100,000 people could ultimately be affected by the disaster.

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