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The earthquake in Ecuador is now being reporting as having a magnitude of 7.8

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Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Strikes Coast Of Ecuador.

The temblor hit near the town town of Muisne, about 250 miles from Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

The extent of damage caused by the quake was not immediately clear.

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador Saturday evening, causing damage and prompting fears of significant casualties.

The temblor struck near the town of Muisne, roughly 250 miles from Quito, Ecuador's capital, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 7.4, but was later upgraded to a 7.8.

A magnitude-4.8 foreshock also struck in the same region Saturday. The 7.8 quake was then followed by a magnitude-5.4 temblor.

The extent of any damage was not immediately clear, but images from the region showed a fallen bridge and what appeared to be a damaged shopping center.

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