More than a dozen killed, including 4-year-old girl, after magnitude 6.8 earthquake rattles Ecuador
The USGS says large earthquakes are common in the South American country. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked nearly the same region back on April 16, 2016. The quake was blamed for more than 700 deaths and over 27,000 injuries.
QUITO, Ecuador – A magnitude 6.8 earthquake that rattled portions of southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday afternoon has led to at least 15 deaths, 445 injuries and caused buildings to collapse in the South American countries.
According to the Associated Press, one of those deaths was a 4-year-old girl in Peru who was killed when her home collapsed in the Tubmes region, which is on the border with Ecuador.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake was centered near the town Baláo and was likely the result of interference between the Nazca and South American plates.
Video from Cuenca in Ecuador showed debris falling from buildings onto streets and damaging vehicles while first responders sifted through rubble.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said government agencies had been activated to support the victims and asked for calm during the emergency.
Seismologists were closely monitoring the southeastern Pacific after the earthquake for a potential tsunami but said the quake did not trigger a wide event.
Shake maps indicated the strong earthquake was also felt in northern Peru, and buildings there were also damaged or destroyed.
The USGS says large earthquakes are common in the South American country due to the movement of the Nazca Plate beneath the South American Plate.
Over the past 100 years, 32 significant earthquakes have occurred within about a 150-mile radius of the most recent event.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked nearly the same region back on April 16, 2016. The quake was blamed for more than 700 deaths and over 27,000 injuries.
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