Strong Earthquake In Ecuador Kills At Least 4

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A robust earthquake shook the area round Ecuador’s second-largest metropolis on Saturday, killing no less than 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 Risk Management Secretariat, reported one particular person died within the Andean neighborhood of Cuenca. The sufferer was a passenger in a automobile trapped beneath the rubble of a home. Three different folks died within the coastal state of El Oro, the company reported.

Rescue staff stand subsequent to a automobile crushed by particles after an earthquake in Cuenca, Ecuador, Saturday, March 18, 2023.. The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 about 50 miles south of Guayaquil. (AP Photo/Xavier Caivinagua)

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.

Videos shared on social media present folks gathered on the streets of Guayaquil and close by communities. People reported objects falling inside their properties.

A pier sank within the metropolis of Machala. The earthquake was additionally felt in northern Peru.

Associated Press author Regina Garcia Cano contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.