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A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador Saturday afternoon. (United States Geological Survey)

ECUADOR — At least 28 people are dead after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook the coast of Ecuador Saturday.

Ecuadorian emergency personnel recovered one body from the sight of a bridge collapse in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populous city.

The country’s vice president Jorge Glas later said at least 28 people were dead in a televised address to the nation.

Glas said a state of emergency is in effect and that preventative evacuations in coastal areas are underway.

A resident of the city told CNN that there is damage to some buildings and many in the area have lost power.

The tremor was recorded at a depth of 19.2 kilometers (11.9 miles) around 4:58 p.m., local time.

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck Ecuador in August 2010.

There have been seven earthquakes of a seven magnitude or greater within 155 miles of the location since 1900, according to USGS.

Rescue efforts are underway in the area.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

CNN and PIX11’s Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this report.

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