QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A robust earthquake shook the area round Ecuador’s second-largest metropolis on Saturday, killing at the least 4 folks, damaging properties and buildings, and sending panicked residents into the streets.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 within the nation’s coastal Guayas area. It was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Guayaquil, which anchors a metro space of over 3 million folks.
President Guillermo Lasso tweeted a message asking residents to stay calm.
The South American nation’s emergency response company, the Danger Administration Secretariat, reported one individual died within the Andean group of Cuenca. The sufferer was a passenger in a automobile trapped below the rubble of a home. Three different folks died within the coastal state of El Oro, the company reported.
In Guayaquil, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Quito, authorities reported cracks on buildings and houses, in addition to some collapsed partitions. Authorities ordered the closure of three vehicular tunnels.
Movies shared on social media present folks gathered on the streets of Guayaquil and close by communities. Individuals reported objects falling inside their properties.
One video posted on-line confirmed three anchors of a present dart from their studio desk because the set shook. They initially tried to shake it off as a minor quake however quickly fled off digital camera. One anchor indicated the present would go on a business break, whereas one other repeated, “My God, my God.”
A pier sank within the metropolis of Machala. The earthquake was additionally felt in northern Peru.
Related Press author Regina Garcia Cano contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.