One U.S. citizen confirmed dead in Ecuador quake: State Department

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One U.S. citizen is confirmed to have died in Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

"We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters, saying U.S. and Ecuadorean authorities are seeking to verify the welfare and the whereabouts of all U.S. citizens in the area when the quake hit. The death toll in the quake rose to 350 on Monday.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by James Dalgleish)