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Powerful 6.8 Quake Hits Coastal Ecuador, Killing 4 People


Sun 19 Mar 2023 | 12:07 AM
Israa Farhan

On Saturday, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center said an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck the coast of Ecuador leaving at least 4 dead and a number of injuries and destruction.

According to the center, the earthquake was recorded at 17.12 UTC, and the epicenter is located 59 km from Guayaquil, one of the largest cities in Ecuador, and at a depth of 80 km.

People ran in the streets of the city, as the strong earthquake, and aftershocks with a 6.5 magnitude were recorded at a depth of 44 km in western Ecuador, and the earthquake was felt in some parts of Guayas province.

"In Guayaquil, people were forced to take to the streets, and electricity was cut off in some areas of the city," the media said.

The earthquake was also felt in the provinces of Oro, Los Rios, and Esmeralda.

The newspaper "El Universo" reported that injuries and damage to buildings and cars were recorded due to the earthquake that hit the city, and according to the local newspaper "Semana,” citing data from rescuers, at least four people were killed.