New Powerful Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

1024px-Chuetsu_earthquake-earthquake_liquefaction1A powerful earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude struck off Ecuador’s disaster-stricken coast on Thursday, as survivors of an earlier deadly quake that killed 587 people clamored for food, water and medicine in parts of the disaster zone.

The latest quake’s epicentre was 100km (62 miles) north-northwest of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10km (six miles), said the US Geological Survey (USGS).

President Rafael Correa said on Twitter that three aftershocks were registered on Thursday night, adding “have strength!”

Meanwhile Cesar Navas, the security minister, reassured his compatriots that so far there is no threat of tsunami. There are no reports of damage so far.

On Saturday the Andean nation was struck by a 7.8-magnitude quake, the worst to hit the South American country in decades, causing hundreds of buildings to collapse and damaging roads and other key infrastructure in tourist areas. (Read more from “New Powerful Earthquake Strikes Ecuador” HERE)

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