A powerful earthquake was located Friday near Peru – Ecuador border

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The quake was also felt in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, and the coastal city of Guayaquil. It struck 71 miles southeast of Palora in the Morona Santiago province and at a depth of 82 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Residents poured out on the streets.There were no immediate reports of casualties. There were two aftershocks of 6.06 and 6.6 magnitudes in the 30 minutes after the first quake. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said on Twitter that preliminary reports “do not indicate major damage.”

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There was no risk of a tsunami being triggered, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Some areas were without electrical power, authorities said. The Peru-Chile Trench is an area that hosts large earthquakes quite regularly. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake which shook a central area of the Ecuadorean coast on April 2016 killed more than 700 people, destroyed hundreds of houses and caused losses worth more than £2.2bn.

 

 

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