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Quake kills 13 in Ecuador, 1 in Peru, causes widespread damage

A strong earthquake has shaken Ecuador and Peru, killing at least 14 people, damaging homes and...

👤 H K Badal19 March 2023 3:34 PM GMT
Quake kills 13 in Ecuador, 1 in Peru, causes widespread damage


Police are deployed onto the streets of Cuenca, Ecuador, after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on March 18, 2023, caused damage, including to this car hit by falling debris.


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A strong earthquake has shaken Ecuador and Peru, killing at least 14 people, damaging homes and buildings, and sending panicked residents into the streets.

The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Saturday in Ecuador's coastal Guayas region. The tremor was centred about 80km (50 miles) south of the country's second-biggest city, Guayaquil, which anchors a metro area of more than three million people.

The earthquake did not appear likely to generate a tsunami, authorities said.

The tremor killed 13 people in Ecuador, while at least one person was reported dead in Peru. Authorities in Ecuador also reported that at least 126 people were injured.