A powerful earthquake shook the area round Ecuador’s second-largest metropolis on Saturday, killing at the least one particular person, damaging properties and buildings and sending panicked residents into the streets.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 within the nation’s coastal Guayas area. It was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Guayaquil, which anchors a metro space of over 3 million folks.
The South American nation’s emergency response company, the Danger Administration Secretariat, reported one particular person died within the Andean neighborhood of Cuenca. The sufferer was a passenger in a automobile trapped below the rubble of a home.
In Guayaquil, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Quito, authorities reported cracks on buildings and houses, in addition to some collapsed partitions. Authorities ordered the closure of three vehicular tunnels.
Movies shared on social media present folks gathered on the streets of Guayaquil and close by communities. Individuals reported objects falling inside their properties.
A pier sank within the metropolis of Machala. The earthquake was additionally felt in northern Peru.
In 2019, a really highly effective magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southern Ecuador, near the nation’s border with Peru.
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