Midnight In The Desert — Ecuador

Ecuador's Deadly Earthquake in Pictures

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Ecuador's Deadly Earthquake in Pictures

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled Ecuador's central coast Saturday night, killing at least 233 people and injuring nearly 1,500. Buildings collapsed, and power was knocked out for millions. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers comb through the damage. A tsunami alert was issued, then lifted. Several provinces remain in a state of emergency, however, including Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas, and Galapagos. The earthquake was centered 16.8 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of the coastal town of Muisne, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was most likely the result of shallow thrust faulting on or...

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See the Fiery Eruption of Ecuador Volcano

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See the Fiery Eruption of Ecuador Volcano

Ecuador's volcano Tungurahua has been particularly active this week, spewing ash up to 23,000 feet (7 kilometers), putting on a fiery light show, and rumbling with at least 70 measurable explosions. Ash has dusted the region and some localized pyroclastic flows—masses of hot rock and gas—have been seen. Volcanic blocks have been tossed up to a kilometer away. The volcanologists on the scene say this relatively moderate eruption may continue for some time, and it's possible it could build into something bigger (and potentially life threatening). Tungurahua lies about 84 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of the capital city of Quito....

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