Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa arrives in the coastal city of Manta to survey the damage of a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the small Andean nation, killing over 240. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was on the ground and began touring some of the hardest-hit areas a day after a 7.8-magnitude quake hit the country killing at least 246. Correa cut short a trip to Rome and quickly rushed back to Ecuador to deal with the natural disaster. Vice President Jorge Glas had deputized and coordinated some of the first response efforts in Correa's absence. Correa made his first stop in the coastal city of Manta, located south of the quake's epicenter. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people, causing panic as far away as the highland capital Quito and collapsing buildings and roads in a swath of western towns. The Ecuadorian government said 246 people had died and 2,527 were injured in the latest tally early on Sunday evening. A state of emergency was called in six provinces. The Ecuadorian government called it the worst quake in the country since 1979. In that disaster, 600 people were killed and 20,000 injured, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.