At least 12 people were killed in a powerful earthquake that rocked Peru and Ecuador on Saturday. While one person was injured. Along with this, many buildings were damaged in the earthquake. Damaged buildings, crushed vehicles and debris could be seen in cities such as Machala and Cuenca in Ecuador. However, rescue officials arrived for help. But the local people panicked and reached the streets.
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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.8 and its depth at 41 miles (66 kilometers). The earthquake occurred at 12:12 (1712 GMT) local time. Officials said its epicenter was in the Ecuadorian municipality of Balao, near the Peruvian border. “I went out into the street because I saw people getting out of their cars in panic,” Magali Escandon told AFP.
“So far 12 deaths have been reported (11 in El Oro province and one in Azuay province),” Ecuador’s president said in a tweet. Social media reports said other cities including Guayaquil, Quito, Manabi and Manta. Tremors were also felt. No casualties or major damage has been reported in Peru so far. Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso urged people to “remain calm” in a message on Twitter.
In El Oro province, three people were reported killed. Peruvian seismological officials initially reported a magnitude of 7.0, but reduced it to 6.7 hours later. Hernando Tavera, the head of Peru’s national seismological center, assured RPP radio that there had been “no significant damage to structures or people” in the country. The first aftershock of 4.8 was recorded in Balao, Ecuador. The Ecuadorian Navy said that there is no danger of a tsunami.
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