At least four dead and damage to buildings caused by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook southern Ecuador and caught up with his neighbor Peruaccording to a preliminary balance of authorities.
The tremor occurred at 12 local hours and had its epicenter in the Ecuadorian municipality of Balaoabout 140 kilometers from the port of Guayaquil, and at a depth of 44 kilometersEcuadorian authorities reported.
He United States Geological Survey (USGS), for its part, reported the event with a magnitude of 6.8. Peruvian seismological authorities reported a magnitude of 7.0.
According to the Secretariat of Risk Management of Ecuador, in Cuenca (south) the facade of a house collapsed on a vehicle and left “a deceased person.” Nearby, in the province of El Orothree deaths were recorded from the fall of a tower.
The movement was strongly felt in other cities such as Quito, Manabí and Manta, according to users on social networks. Images of a collapsed building, while rescuers try to lift the rubble, circulate in local media.
The President of Ecuador, William Lassoassured that he will take “immediate actions” and made a “call for calm and information through official channels” in a Twitter message.
The seismic wave was also felt in the north and central coast of Perualthough with less intensity.
Hernando Taverahead of the National Seismological Center of Peru, assured RPP radio that “there is no significant damage to the structure or people” in that country.
A first replica of magnitude of 4.8 was recorded in Balao, Ecuadorr.
The Oceanographic and Antarctic Institute of the Ecuadorian Navy assured that the tremor “does not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami” in the Pacific.