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.