Ecuador Earthquake Kills at least 15 people

Quito: At least 15 people have died and more than 400 are injured after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador’s southern coast.

Buildings were damaged in several cities when the earthquake hit at around midday local time.

The southern province of El Oro was the worst affected and 12 people died there, local authorities said. Northern Peru felt the quake and a 14-year-old girl died in Tumbes, a border province, when her home collapsed.

In Ecuador, Machala and Cuenca were among the cities that suffered damage to buildings and vehicles, as emergency services rushed to help people, BBC news reported.

The epicentre was near Balao, about 80km (50 miles) from Ecuador’s second-largest city, Guayaquil, where about three million people live.

Several roads have been blocked by landslides, while several homes, educational buildings and health centres have been damaged, local authorities said. This is the strongest quake to hit Ecuador since 2016, when nearly 700 people died and thousands were injured.

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