By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News April 19, 2016 Updated: 7:33 AM
10,000 armed forces plus an additional 3,500 national police officers to the regions that were hit. Photo: AP
The death toll from the massive Ecuador earthquake reaches 413 of the 7.8 magnitude quake on Friday night.
The announcement made by Ecuador government officials on Monday night, and those hundreds of victims of the deadly earthquake are gradually being identified as bodies are pulled from the wreckage of collapsed urban centers.
"These are very difficult moments," said Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas, who had taken charge of recovery efforts until Correa returned from a Vatican conference. "We have information that there are injured people who are trapped (under rubble) in different districts and we are getting ready to rescue them."
The quake caused damage as far away as 300 miles south of the epicenter. In the port city of Guayaquil, an overpass collapsed on a car, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger, Colombian broadcaster Noticias Caracol reported. Several other buildings were damaged, and the roof of a shopping center in Guayaquil collapsed.
The government has deployed 10,000 armed forces plus an additional 3,500 national police officers to the regions that were hit.
The National Polytechnic Institute's Geological Institute said the Ecuador earthquake is poised to become the strongest in that country since 1979, when a magnitude-8.0 quake occurred near Tumaco, Colombia, and triggered a tsunami.
It's the deadliest quake to effect Ecuador since a magnitude-7.2 quake in March 1987 left about 1,000 dead, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Damage in Ecuador after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Photo: EPA