Earthquake in Ecuador: 14 dead and 380 injured
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Earthquake in Ecuador: 14 dead and 380 injured

Earthquake in Ecuador: 14 dead and 380 injured

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday (3/18/2023) local time. At least 14 people were reported dead.

The Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador affirmed that the earthquake did not cause a tsunami.

"We remain in the affected area to examine the damage caused by the earthquake this morning," President Guillermo Lasso said.

1. There were two aftershocks

Ecuador earthquake. The Ecuador earthquake also caused damage to many homes, schools and health facilities. The Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador said that aftershocks were registered two hours after the initial quake.

Ecuador's Secretariat for Risk Management previously reported that a victim in Azuay province died as a result of a collapsing wall hitting a vehicle. A pier and a wall at a supermarket in another province also collapsed due to tremors.

"I assure you that I will stay with you, and I also stress the solidarity and commitment to the victims," ​​said President Guillermo.

2. The earthquake occurred about 10 kilometers from the town of Balao.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) indicated that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 66.4 kilometers with an epicenter about 10 kilometers from the city of Balao in the province of Guayas, southwest of the capital Quito.

"We all ran out into the street, we were very scared," said Ernesto Alvarado, a resident of Isla Puna near the epicenter, saying several houses in his area had collapsed.

Meanwhile, there have been no reports of damage or casualties from the quake in Peru, although Peruvian authorities said the quake also struck the northern part of the country.

3. Up to 380 Ecuadorians were injured in the earthquake

Earthquake in Ecuador: 14 people dead, another 380 injured Illustration of the earthquake. The Communication Service of the Presidency of Ecuador reported that in addition to the death of 14 people, the earthquake also injured another 380 inhabitants, the majority in the province of El Oro.

The authority also noted that 44 houses collapsed and another 90 were damaged by the quake, while 50 educational establishments and 30 health establishments were also affected. Several roads were also cut off due to landslides triggered by the earthquake.

State oil company Petroecuador has evacuated jobs and suspended activity at several manufacturing facilities as a precaution, but there have been no reports of damage to its sites, the agency said.

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