An emergency management official says at least 233 are dead after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the South American country on Saturday.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the hardest hit area was the coastal town of Muisne near Ecuador’s Pacific coast.
Sparsely populated areas near fishing ports and tourist beaches saw emergency workers dispatched to the region, and several major highways have been closed.
President Rafael Correa, who was at the Vatican in Rome for a conference at the time of the quake, rushed home and declared a national emergency.
Provinces under a state of emergency are Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos.
In addition to the dead, about 1500 have been reported as injured.