At least four people died this Saturday in Ecuador after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that shook the coastal area in the south of the country and even northern Peru, local authorities reported.
Although the United States Geological Survey reported that it was 6.8, local authorities placed it at 6.5.
The Oceanographic Institute of the Navy ruled out a tsunami alert on the continental and insular coast of the country.
Photograph of the damage caused by the earthquake of magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale, in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, on March 18, 2023. ROBERT PUGLLA / EFE
The city hardest hit by the earthquake has been Cuenca, in the province of Asuay, near the Andes mountain range.
A resident died after a house wall collapsed on his vehicle.
It has been reported that three other people died after the collapse of a tower of the SIS ECU 911 camera on Jambelí Island, Santa Rosa canton.
In the coastal cities of Guayaquil and Machala, damage was also reported to buildings and various
The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, asked to remain calm through a message on social networks, where he also reported at least one injured person.
This is a developing story.
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