A 7.8-magnitude quake has struck the central coast of Ecuador, killing hundreds of people and trapping many others.

At least 233 people have been confirmed dead so far, with hundreds more injured, the country’s president Rafael Correa said.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces and the government says the death toll is expected to rise.

Five helicopters and 80 buses are taking 4,000 police to the affected area, according to the country’s home ministry.

Authorities say the quake is the most powerful to hit the country in decades…. see more

source: skynews