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(Q24N) A huge earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador late on Saturday – sparking fears of killer waves along the coasts of the Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

Ecuador’s government has declared a state of emergency in six states and told residents to leave coastal areas in case of rising tides following the quake.

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It was the largest and most monumental earthquake to hit the country since 1979.

It follows a juggernaut trend of earthquakes to hit the Pacific since Thursday while a 6.1-magnitude shake also hit Tonga this morning.

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Parts of Quito – the capital of Ecudor – were without power following the earthquake.

The government said the quake has caused “considerable damage” at the epicentre and other places – such as the country’s largest city, Guayaquil.

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The national guard has been mobilised in a bid to keep order among the chaos.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves reaching up to a metre above the tide level are possible for some parts of Ecuador.
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The Peruvian Navy declared a tsunami alert for parts of Peru – which borders Ecuador.

Ecuador authorities issued a tsunami alert but lifted it during the night.

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President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the Andean nation’s 16 million people to stay calm.

He said: “Our infinite love to the families of the dead.”

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