Ecuador earthquake kills at least 12, causes wide damage

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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A beardown earthquake shook confederate Ecuador and bluish Peru connected Saturday, sidesplitting astatine slightest a twelve people, trapping others nether rubble, and sending rescue teams retired into streets littered pinch debris and fallen powerfulness lines.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake pinch a magnitude of astir 6.8 that was centered conscionable disconnected nan Pacific Coast, astir 50 miles (80 kilometers) southbound of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso successful a televised reside to nan federation said nan earthquake killed 12 people.

One unfortunate was a rider successful a conveyance crushed by rubble from a location successful nan Andean organization of Cuenca, according to nan Risk Management Secretariat, nan South American country’s emergency consequence agency.

In nan coastal authorities of El Oro, 3 group died and respective were trapped nether rubble, nan agency reported. In nan organization of Machala, a two-story location collapsed earlier group could evacuate, a pier gave measurement and a building's walls cracked, trapping an chartless number of people.

The agency said firefighters worked to rescue group while nan National Police assessed damage, their activity made much difficult by downed lines that interrupted telephone and energy service.

In Guayaquil, astir 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of nan capital, Quito, authorities reported cracks successful buildings and homes, arsenic good arsenic immoderate collapsed walls. Authorities ordered nan closure of 3 vehicular tunnels successful Guayaquil, which anchors a metro area of complete 3 cardinal people.

Videos shared connected societal media show group gathered connected nan streets of Guayaquil and adjacent communities. People reported objects falling wrong their homes.

One video posted online showed 3 anchors of a show dart from their workplace desk arsenic nan group shook. They initially tried to shingle it disconnected arsenic a insignificant quake but soon fled disconnected camera. One anchor indicated nan show would spell connected a commercialized break, while different repeated, “My God, my God.”

A study from Ecuador's Adverse Events Monitoring Directorate ruled retired a tsunami threat.

The earthquake was besides felt successful Peru, from its bluish separator pinch Ecuador to nan cardinal Pacific coast. No deaths aliases injuries were instantly reported. In nan bluish region of Tumbes, nan aged walls of an Army barracks collapsed, authorities said.

Ecuador is peculiarly prone to earthquakes. In 2016, a quake centered farther northbound connected nan Pacific Coast successful a much sparsely populated area of nan state killed much than 600 people.

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Associated Press writers Regina Garcia Cano successful Caracas, Venezuela, and Franklin Briceño successful Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.

Gonzalo Solano, The Associated Press

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