Powerful, 7.8-magnitude quake hits Ecuador’s central coast

So far there've been no reports of deaths or injuries

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador’s central coast on Saturday, cracking buildings and rattling homes as far away as the capital of Quito.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the shallow quake was centered 16 miles south-southeast of Muisne, Ecuador, in a sparsely populated area of fishing ports popular with tourists.

In the port city of Guayaquil, an overpass collapsed on top of a car and the roof of a shopping center buckled. In Manta, the airport was closed after the control tower suffered severe damages.

So far there’ve been no reports of deaths or injuries.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some coasts. But the government’s natural disaster agency didn’t issue a tsunami alert.

In the capital, the quake was felt for about 40 seconds and people fled to the streets in fear. Quito is located about 105 miles from the quake’s epicenter. The quake appears to have knocked out electricity and cellphone coverage in several neighborhoods in the capital.

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