Earthquake hits Peruvian city close to Ecuador

19 March 2023
2023-03-19 08:54

An earthquake that shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru has killed at least 12 people and left others trapped under rubble. The most affected region in Peru was Tumbes, where people were enjoying a weekend shopping day when the earthquake hit. The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of about 6.8 on Saturday about 50 miles south of Guayaquil.

Ecuador's emergency response agency reports one person died in the Andean community of Cuenca and 11 others in the coastal state of El Oro. Authorities reported cracks on buildings and homes and some collapsed walls. Three vehicular tunnels were ordered closed.

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