A recent earthquake shook a nation as this natural disaster hit the northwestern coast of Ecuador. Ecuador was in a state of emergency after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake flattened buildings and ravaged towns Saturday just before 7 p.m. It the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979. Unfortunately, at least 247 people were killed as buildings crashed down, power lines fell over, and roads crumbled beneath their feet. More than 2,500 people were injured in the quake, according to a statement from the government. President Rafael Correa said, “The immediate priority is to rescue people in the rubble, everything can be rebuilt, but lives cannot be recovered, and that’s what hurts the most.” He warned people to be careful to avoid fallen debris and poles and said some areas had lost power. States of emergency were declared for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo. The quake was strongly felt in country’s capital of Quito, around 100 miles away. 10,000 military troops and 3,500 police officers have been dispatched to the affected areas, and $600 million in credit was allotted to the emergency. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry said five helicopters and over 80 buses were ferrying 4,000 police to the quake zone, according to NBC Nightly. Men and women are gathered around try aimlessly to find as many survivors as possible before it’s too late.