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Massive quake causes widespread damage, kills 262 in Ecuador

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The recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador has so far claimed 262 lives and caused widespread damage across the nation, reported Reuters.

The country's Esmeraldas refinery has been halted due to the quake.

Officials said that over 160 aftershocks were recorded, especially in the Pedernales area.

The hardest hit areas were the coastal regions near the epicenter.

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