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Terrifying 7.5 Magnitude Earth Quake Hits Near Ecuador
By Chioma Okwu

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Ecuador and Peru on Friday sending shockwaves as far as the Ecuadorean capital of Quito and coastal city Guayaquil.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage relating to the quake.

The earthquake occurred at around 5:15 a.m. local time. It struck 71 miles southeast of Palora in the Morona Santiago province and at a depth of 82 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said

It hit at a depth of 132 kilometers. Most major earthquakes in South America are at shallow depths of 70 kilometers or less, the USGS said.

There were two aftershocks, one in the same area and with a magnitude of just over 6.0, Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute said. It gave the same 7.5 magnitudes for the big quake.

“We have no reports of injuries so far, just some broken windows,” said Tarcisio Ojeda, mayor of the town of Macas, in Morona Santiago province where the quake hit.

Emergency rescue teams were applaudable active.

The other aftershock hit the Pacific coast region of Guayas but it did not do any harm either, President Lenin Moreno said on Twitter

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