Strong quake jolts northern Peru Ecuador

A strong earthquake with its epicenter off Ecuador shook northern Peru and much of Ecuador Saturday, authorities said.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck at 12:12 local time (17:12 GMT), with its epicenter 52 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of the Peruvian city of Zarumilla, near the border with Ecuador, the National Seismological Center of Peru reported.

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The Head of Peru’s seismic institute, Hernando Tavera, told RPP radio that the epicenter was off the coast of Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil.

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“As far as we know, there is no significant damage to buildings or people,” he added.


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