Ecuador struck by 6.7 mag­ni­tude earth­quake

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

QUITO—A strong earth­quake mea­sur­ing 6.7 on the Mo­ment mag­ni­tude scale struck Ecuador early Wed­nes­day, one month af­ter a much larger quake killed some 660 peo­ple, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said.

Ecuador’s na­tional ge­o­log­i­cal in­sti­tute, which mea­sured the quake at 6.8, said it struck at 2:57 am lo­cal time (0757 GMT) in the South Amer­i­can coun­try’s west­ern Man­abi re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Rafael Cor­rea, writ­ing on Twit­ter, re­as­sured a pub­lic still jit­tery af­ter last month’s quake that “there is no tsunami alert” fol­low­ing this lat­est earth­quake.

Cor­rea, who said he was tweet­ing from the of­fices of the na­tional emer­gency op­er­a­tions bureau, also told the pub­lic there was no need for alarm.

“Ev­ery­one re­main calm,” he tweeted, adding that in­hab­i­tants of Quito can safely go back in­side their homes.—AFP

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