Quake kills 13 in Ecuador, 1 in Peru, causes widespread damage

Baku, March 19, AZERTAC

A strong earthquake has shaken Ecuador and Peru, killing at least 14 people, damaging homes and buildings, and sending panicked residents into the streets, according to Al Jazeera.
The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Saturday in Ecuador’s coastal Guayas region. The tremor was centred about 80km (50 miles) south of the country’s second-biggest city, Guayaquil, which anchors a metro area of more than three million people.
The earthquake did not appear likely to generate a tsunami, authorities said.
The tremor killed 13 people in Ecuador, while at least one person was reported dead in Peru. Authorities in Ecuador also reported that at least 126 people were injured.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso told reporters the earthquake had “without a doubt … generated alarm in the population”.
His office said that “all the ministries are activated and have sufficient economic resources to immediately repair earthquake damage”. It added that 11 of the victims died in the coastal state of El Oro and two in the highlands state of Azuay.
In Peru, the earthquake was felt from its northern border with Ecuador to the central Pacific coast.
Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said a four-year-old girl died from head trauma she suffered in the collapse of her home in the Tumbes region, on the border with Ecuador.
The initial earthquake was followed by two weaker aftershocks in the following hour, according to the Geophysics Institute of Ecuador.
“We all ran out into the streets … we were very scared,” Ernesto Alvarado, a resident of Isla Puna near the epicentre, told the Reuters news agency, adding that some homes had collapsed.
One of the victims in Ecuador’s Azuay was a passenger in a vehicle crushed by rubble from a house in the Andean community of Cuenca, according to the Risk Management Secretariat, the country’s emergency response agency.

World 2023-03-19 12:18:00