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Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019

Ecuador: 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Peru border

The U.S. Geological Survey reported Friday on a powerful earthquake striking about 115 km ESE of Palora, Ecuador near the Peru border. The earthquake occurred at 5:17 a.m. ECT/EST

The quake hit in an sparsely populated region and preliminary reports do not indicate much damage. 46,000 people live within 100 km from the epicentre.

As of 22 February, it has been reported that 5 people have been injured and a minor damage to buildings has been observed.

Several aftershocks have been reported, which may potentially cause landslides, especially in the areas recently affected by the heavy rainfall.

The Peru Center for Regional Emergency Operations (COER) (computer translated) reported the temblor at 7.7 magnitude, which was near the Loreto region. Nine homes were affected, cracks were reported on the road and electric power was cut.

The quake was followed by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred less than 25 minutes later in western Ecuador, near the city of Guayaquil.

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