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13 killed in 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador



The quake did not meet the conditions necessary to generate tsunamis on the country’s continental and island shores, according to the Ecuadorian Navy’s Oceanographic Research Institute.

at least 13 killed, 126 injured because of the earthquake magnitude 6.5 In the Richter Open Scale recorded this Saturday Guayas, in coastal areas of Ecuador, according to a report from the Risk Management Secretariat.

Most of the deaths were recorded in El Oro state, which borders Peru, according to the government.

According to general reports, 50 homes were affected and 7 were destroyed. Risk Management Secretariat It also said 17 educational institutions and 31 health centers were affected.

After the 6.5-magnitude quake that struck at noon on Saturday and was felt in 13 of the country’s 24 states, three more 4.8-magnitude quakes were recorded, with magnitudes of 3.7 and 3.6, with epicenters in the northeast. It was the edge. puna island in Guayaquil Bay.

Impacts on infrastructure have been reported including collapsed facades, broken glass and cracked walls.

Similarly, the collapse of the old Cabotage pier, damage to the YAT Club Machala, cut telephone lines and power shortages in several cantons of El Oro were recorded.

Officials rule out tsunami after 6.5 earthquake in Ecuador

The Navy’s Oceanographic Research Institute reported that the quake did not meet the conditions necessary to generate tsunamis on the country’s continental and island shores.

According to public company Petroecuador, the Maritimo Barrao, Chorrillos, Monteverde, La Libertad and La Toma Roja depository terminal facilities did not register any news.

The Esmeraldas-Quito pipeline was temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure, but has since restarted without incident.

Similarly, the Pasquales terminal and LNG plant, as well as Terminal 3 Bocas, ceased operations and were evacuated as a precautionary measure. No news was reported in the initial balance.

Guayaquil and Cuenca airports operate without news, and “the hydrocarbon sector has no news so far,” he noted.

President Lasso assures government ‘revitalized’ after emergency

The city council of Guayaquil, the capital of Guayas state, said there were two collapsed structures, 44 collapsed buildings and one minor injury after the earthquake.

He identified it as a partial structural collapse and 29 building (non-structural) collapses in urban areas. In rural areas, meanwhile, in Puna he had 1 building collapse, 15 building collapses (11 in Puna and 4 in Tenger) and he had 1 minor injury.

During the establishment of the National Committee of Emergency Operations (COE), Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso His government reported that it was activated of an “emergency nature” to give necessary attention to those affected by the earthquake.

The Integrated Security Service (ECU 911) indicated that it had registered 421 emergencies nationwide, of which a total of 365 were in the city of Machala in El Oro state.

Ecuador is located in the ‘Circle of Fire of the Pacific’

ecuador is Pacific Belt or Ring of Fire, It is home to some of the world’s most important subduction zones (breaks of tectonic plates) and is a site of intense seismic activity.

In addition to Ecuador, the Horseshoe Belt includes Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

On April 16, Ecuador marks the seventh anniversary of one of the most devastating earthquakes in recent history with a magnitude of 7.8.

The natural phenomenon on April 16, 2016 killed more than 670 people, affected thousands, and caused property damage to millions.

The quake hit the provinces of Esmeraldas on the border with Colombia and the neighboring province of Manabi, both located on the coast of the Andean country, but also affected other regions, including Ecuador. was strongly felt even in the capital city of Quito. Pichincha province in the Andean region of the country.

Source: Biobiochile

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