USGS: 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador

Posted at 8:42 PM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 21:14:40-04

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Ecuador's central coast, with the temblor being felt as far away as the capital, where people fled shaking buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 28 kilometers (17 miles) south-southeast of Muisne, Ecuador, in a touristic area of fishing ports.

The earthquake shook buildings in the capital Quito for about 40 seconds, and many people ran to the streets in fear. Quito is located about 173 kilometers (107 miles) from the quake's epicenter.

There were no immediate reports of major damage Saturday.