April 16, 2016 (23:58:37 UTC)
Magnitude 7.8 Near the Coast of Ecuador
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred near the coast of Ecuador. According to a statement from the government, more than 1,550 people were injured, 235 dead, at least 370 buildings were destroyed and another 151 buildings and 26 schools were affected by the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning center issued a Tsunami Threat Message of possible waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above tide level for some Ecuadorian coasts. There were preventative evacuations in coastal areas because of possible tsunami risks.