Destroyed Buildings, Crushed Vehicles As Massive Earthquake Hits Peru, Ecuador

At least 12 folks had been killed, one was wounded and buildings had been broken in a robust earthquake that shook Peru and Ecuador Saturday, Ecuador’s presidency mentioned.

Destroyed buildings, crushed autos and particles may very well be seen in cities corresponding to Machala and Cuenca in Ecuador, as rescue officers rushed to lend support and panicked residents bumped into the streets.

The quake, which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put at magnitude 6.8 and a depth of practically 41 miles (66 kilometers), struck at 12:12 native time (1712 GMT).

Its epicenter was within the Ecuadoran municipality of Balao, close to the border with Peru, authorities mentioned.

“I went out into the street because I saw people starting to run in panic, getting out of their cars,” Magaly Escandon, a stitching provides saleswoman in Cuenca, advised AFP.

“So far, 12 deaths are reported (11 in the province of El Oro and one in the province of Azuay),” Ecuador’s presidency mentioned in a tweet.

The tremor was additionally strongly felt in different cities together with Guayaquil, Quito, Manabi and Manta, social media stories mentioned.

No casualties or main harm has been reported in Peru to date, the place the quake seems to have been much less intense.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso urged folks to stay “calm and to be informed through official channels” about harm to buildings in a message on Twitter.

According to Quito’s Risk Management Office, the facade of a home collapsed on a automobile and left “a deceased person” in Cuenca. AFP journalists within the metropolis additionally reported that previous homes within the historic heart had been broken.

Nearby, within the province of El Oro, three folks had been reported lifeless when a tower toppled and fatally crushed them.

“It is a relatively high magnitude for what we have in the country,” mentioned Mario Ruiz, director of the Ecuadorian Geophysical Institute in an interview with FM Mundo radio.

Peruvian seismological authorities initially reported a magnitude of seven.0, however hours later downgraded the magnitude to six.7.

Hernando Tavera, head of the National Seismological Center of Peru, assured RPP radio that “there is no significant damage to the structure or people” within the nation.

A primary aftershock of magnitude 4.8 was recorded in Balao, Ecuador. The Ecuadoran navy mentioned there was no tsunami risk.

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