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New Zealanders in Ecuador survive quake

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/04/2016
A rescue worker searches in the rubble of a destroyed house in the Pacific coastal town of Pedernales, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. © AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa A rescue worker searches in the rubble of a destroyed house in the Pacific coastal town of Pedernales, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016.

New Zealanders in Ecuador have survived the powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says 29 New Zealanders are currently registered as being in Ecuador.

It has no information to suggest there are any New Zealand casualties.

New Zealanders in the affected area are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities and contact their family in New Zealand to let them know they are safe and well.

The quake shook Ecuador's central coast, killing at least 41 people and spreading panic for hundreds of kilometres as it collapsed homes and buckled a major overpass.

The US Geological Survey said it was the strongest quake to hit Ecuador since 1979.

Fairfax reported that one New Zealander in Ecuador was working there as a volunteer and said the quake felt similar to the 2011 quake in Christchurch.

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