Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades has caused widespread damage in its largest city and killed at least 41 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades, a 7.8 magnitude tremor, struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday (April 16), killing at least 41 people and causing damage near the epicentre as well as in the largest city of Guayaquil. President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the Andean nation's 16 million people to stay calm. "Our infinite love to the families of the dead," he said on Twitter, while cutting short a trip to Italy to return home. Authorities urged people to evacuate coastal areas for fear of rising tides. The government said the death toll would likely rise and damages were "serious", especially in the western coastal areas nearest the quake and in Guayaquil.