The catastrophic earthquake that destroyed buildings in Ecuador on Saturday became far more devastating Sunday, when the death toll soared to 272. The powerful earthquake that killed more than 480 people in Ecuador is the worst disaster the country has faced in decades, a top official said Tuesday. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Ecuador and Peru on Friday sending shockwaves as far as the Ecuadorean capital of Quito and coastal city Guayaquil. 4.5 magnitude earthquake 2019-12-08 08:56:10 UTC at 08:56 December 08, 2019 UTC Location: Epicenter at -0.129, -78.396 13.2 km from Tutamandahostel (8.2 miles) Civil protection officials told CNN there were fatalities in Tuesday's quake, but they said they … An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit north central Italy on Tuesday, civil protection authorities said, nine days after a major quake in the region left seven people dead. Searching for the dead in Guayaquil, Ecuador ... CNN Español's Ana Maria Cañizares in Quito, Ecuador contributed to this report.