The death toll from Ecuador’s earthquake rose to 350 on Monday as the State Department confirmed at least one U.S. citizen was killed.
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“We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen and have been in touch with their family.” John Kirby, a spokesman for the department, said. “We will continue working with Ecuadorian authorities going forward.”
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Kirby did not identify the dead American. Earlier, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said two Canadians were killed.
The developments came after Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa rushed home Sunday to coordinate rescue and recovery efforts from the 7.8-magnitude temblor that injured an additional 2000 people, reduced hundreds of buildings to rubble and buckled major highways.