More than 14 people died in the earthquake that struck on Saturday in the coastal zone of Ecuador and northern Peru. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake caused extensive damage to infrastructure, including residential buildings, schools and medical facilities.
The United States Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake occurred in the territories of Ecuador and Peru at a depth of 66.4 kilometers, ten kilometers from the city of Palau, in the region of Guaya. Officials said the quake was unlikely to trigger a tsunami. In a tweet posted on Twitter, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said: “We are still in the area to check the damage caused by the earthquake. I want to confirm that I am with you and express my solidarity and loyalty to the victims. “
In another tweet, the president said: “I have traveled to all areas affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake. We will be with the entire Cabinet to respond urgently to this emergency.”
“We arrived in Cuenca and immediately met with the authorities to assess the measures taken. We serve all cities affected by the earthquake. They count on us,” he added.
The press commission of the president of the republic said that the tremor also injured more than 380 people, most of them in the euro zone. At least 44 houses collapsed and dozens were damaged, officials said. Around 50 educational buildings and more than 30 medical centers were also damaged, several roads were closed due to landslides triggered by the earthquake.
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