QUITO- A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador’s central coast on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and spreading panic hundreds of miles away as it collapsed homes and buckled a major overpass. The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake, the strongest in decades to hit Ecuador, was centered 16 miles south-southeast of Muisne,
a sparsely populated area of fishing ports that’s popular with tourists. Vice President Jorge Glas said in a televised address that there were initial reports of 28 dead in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil – all several hundred kilometers (miles) from where the quake struck shortly after nightfall. The death toll is likely to rise as reports from the worst-hit areas come in.