An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck southern Ecuador on Saturday. At least 16 people were killed, including a four-year-old girl. Hundreds of people were injured. Rescue teams are on a massive scale, feverishly searching for people who have been buried.
At least 11 of those killed from apartment or building collapses came from El Oro province on the Pacific coast, two from Azuay in the Andean highlands, as reported by the Ecuadorian newspaper “El Comercio”. An additional 381 people were injured, according to the Ecuadorian government. More than 100 buildings were damaged, some destroyed.
The earth also shook in the north of Peru
According to the Geological Institute (IG) of the South American country, several earthquakes have occurred, the strongest at 6.8 around 35 kilometers off the coast of Balao canton in Guayas province. It was felt in several provinces. The earth also shook in the north of neighboring Peru. One person has died in the Tumbes region, a four-year-old girl who fell from a wall on her head.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso called for calm and traveled to the hard-hit provinces of El Oro and Azuay, where he visited a hospital and met officials, among other things. In the historic center of the city of Cuenca, a person died when the wall of a house fell on his car. Several buildings collapsed in Machala, burying people.
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