On Saturday, Ecuador was struck by a very powerful earthquake, killing at least 480 people and leaving almost 4,000 injured. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake stuck the coast of Ecuador, and was centered to the west of Esmeraldas.
Some survivors have been found, but there is not much hope left, as the search continues for corpses. Over 2,000 people have been reported missing and there were collapsed buildings and roads in the deadliest earthquake in Ecuador since 1987.
Later, the country was struck by a magnitude 5.5 aftershock.
My heart is with everyone in Ecuador in this difficult time. The world’s thoughts are with you.