Ecuador: 6.7-magnitude earthquake reported near Pacific coast



    Ecuador: 6.7-magnitude earthquake reported near Pacific coast

    May 18, Quito: A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake has hit Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating quake hit a month ago.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the quake's epicenter was 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Muisne.

    President Rafael Correa said on Twitter that the jolt caused only small material damages.

    Correa said there was no tsunami alert and called on residents in Quito, where the quake rattled residents in their sleep and led some to evacuate into the streets, to return to their homes.

    The much larger magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 16 killed 660 and initially left tens of thousands homeless. It has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, some as strong as 6.6 on the Richter scale.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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