Earthquake kills 14 in Peru, Ecuador

Published March 19th, 2023 - 07:01 GMT
At least 14 kills of earthquake in Ecuador
(Photo by Gleen Suarez / AFP)
At least 14 people killed in Ecuador and Peru

ALBAWABA - At least 14 people were killed in a strong earthquake that shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru, and left many trapped under rubble. 

One of the victims died in Peru, while 13 others died in Ecuador, where authorities also reported that at least 126 people were injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Saturday about 80 kilometers south of Guayaquil in Ecuador.

Authorities said the tremor was unlikely to cause a tsunami.

In Peru, the earthquake was felt from its northern border with Ecuador to the central Pacific coast.

Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otaola said a 4-year-old girl died from head trauma she suffered in the collapse of her home in the Tumbes region, on the border with Ecuador.

Peru and Ecuador are located in the Ring of Fire region of the Pacific Ocean, a major seismic area spanning the west coast of the American continent.

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