At least twelve dead, one injured and damage to buildings6.5 magnitude earthquake left south equator and reached its neighbor Peru, according to an official balance.
The shaking was recorded at 12:12. m this is march 18 and its epicenter was in the municipality of Ecuador. prom, Authorities reported that it is about 140 kilometers from the port of Guayaquil and at a depth of 44 kilometers.
It was felt strongly in the south of the country. and people took to the streets in panicas some walls fall in cities like Cuenca, one of the hardest hit.
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“I went out into the street because I saw people start running in fear, getting out of cars,” he told AFP. Magaly EscandonSewing supplies seller in that city in the Andean region.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) event was magnitude 6.8. According to users on social networks, the movement was strongly felt in other cities such as Quito, Manabí and Manta.
President of Ecuador, William Lasso, He made a “call for calm and information through official channels” with his Twitter message. Of less intensity, the earthquake in Peru has so far no recorded casualties or significant damage.
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Collapsed buildings, cracked walls, and vehicles crushed under rubble are all parts of the panorama seen in these areas. In the historic center of Cuenca damage to some old houses, AFP reporters noted.
“It is a relatively high size for those present in the country. In the Bay of Guayaquil area, we have been experiencing two earthquakes of about 5.0 magnitude per year since 2017.said Mario Ruiz, Director of the Geophysics Institute Ecuadorian in an interview with FM Mundo radio.
Facade of a building in Cuenca, according to the Ecuadorian Risk Management Secretariat The house collapsed onto a vehicle and “one person died”. Recently, in El Oro province, three deaths were recorded as a result of a tower falling.
The seismic wave was also felt on the northern and central coasts of Peru, although less intense. The seismological authorities of that country reported that it was a magnitude 7.0 at the time of the tremor, but hours later corrected the measurement downwards to a magnitude of 6.7.
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Hernando Tavera, head of the Peruvian National Center for Seismology, assured RPP radio that there was “no significant damage to structure or people” in that country.
The first aftershock of 4.8 magnitude was recorded in Balao, Ecuador.
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Ecuador assured that the earthquake “did not meet the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami” in the Pacific. bur-lv/ll AFP 182146 GMT MAR 23
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The Risk Secretariat noted that no news was reported at the airports.
Severe earthquake with epicenter this Saturday at noon
Ecuador reaches magnitude 7 on Peruvian territoryHe added that ten minutes later there was another telluric movement of 4.1 magnitude in the same region, according to a report by the Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP).
Zarumilla mayor Christian Aguayo told RPP radio station that it was “the strongest shaking I’ve ever witnessed in my life.”
In this context, National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reported that first responders, together with local authorities, began to examine sensitive areas, without reporting structural damage or damage to the population so far.
Ecuador is located in the Pacific Belt or Ring of Fire.The scene of strong seismic activity, intensifying some of the most important subduction zones (the collapse of tectonic plates) in the world.
The horseshoe-shaped Belt covers Ecuador as well as other countries such as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, United States. and Canada.
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On April 16, Ecuador will commemorate the seventh anniversary of one of the most destructive earthquakes in its recent history, with a magnitude of 7.8.
This natural event, which took place on April 16, 2016, left behind more than 670 dead, thousands of people affected and millions of financial losses.
This earthquake struck the provinces of Esmeraldas (bordering Colombia) and its neighbor Manabí, both on the coast of the Andes country, but also affected other regions and was felt strongly even in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Pichincha province in the Andean region of the country.
*with AFP and Efe