A 5.6-magnitude aftershock has hit Ecuadorian coast, according to USGS. The disaster has ravaged coastal towns and left thousands of households without power.
International leaders have expressed their condolences over the disastrous earthquake.
The quake hit 24km from Bahia de Caraquez and 32km from Chrone.
President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and urged the Andean nation's 16 million people to stay calm.
…Portoviejo, aunque seguimos recibiendo información.— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) 17 April 2016
Nuestro infinito amor a las familias de los fallecidos.
"Our infinite love to the families of the dead," he said on Twitter, while cutting short a trip to Italy to return home.