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http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/79010630/73-quake-hits-near-ecuadorEcuador has been hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, sparking fears of a possible tsunami and causing widespread damage.
The quake's magnitude was originally reported at 7.3, but the US Geological Survey upgraded it to magnitude 7.8, five times more powerful than the original recording.
The quake was 19km deep and centred 27 kilometres south-southeast of Muisne, in a tourist area of fishing ports. At the epicentre, damage was "considerable", the government said.