At least four people have reportedly been killed and multiple structures have collapsed after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit Ecuador.
Magnitude 6.8 quake shakes Ecuador, at least four dead
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has shaken a coastal region of Ecuador and northern Peru, leaving at least four people dead and resulting in some structural damage.
“I call for calm and for people to get informed through official channels,” said Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in a tweet.
The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8, struck on Saturday at midday local time at a depth of 66.4 km about 10 km from the city of Balao in the province of Guayas.
The earthquake did not appear likely to generate a tsunami, authorities said.