Strong quake jolts northern Peru, Ecuador

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Strong quake jolts northern Peru, Ecuador

Destroyed buildings are seen after an earthquake in the city of Machala, Ecuador on March 18, 2023. Four dead in southern Ecuador and damage to buildings after an earthquake with an epicenter in that country, which reached its neighbor Peru, according to a preliminary balance of authorities. The earthquake of magnitude 6.5 in Ecuador and 7.0 in Peru was recorded at 12:12 local time (17:12 GMT) in the Ecuadorian municipality of Balao, about 140 kilometers from the port of Guayaquil, and at a depth of 44 kilometers, authorities reported. (Photo by Gleen Suarez / AFP)

A strong earthquake with its epicenter off Ecuador shook northern Peru and much of Ecuador Saturday, authorities said.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck at 12:12 local time (17:12 GMT), with its epicenter 52 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of the Peruvian city of Zarumilla, near the border with Ecuador, the National Seismological Center of Peru reported.

The Head of Peru’s seismic institute, Hernando Tavera, told RPP radio that the epicenter was off the coast of Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil.

“As far as we know, there is no significant damage to buildings or people,” he added.


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