Pudhari Online Desk: South Ecuador and North Perula were hit by a strong earthquake on Saturday. At least 15 people have died in the earthquake. And other people are stuck in dhiga-yakhali. Meanwhile rescue operations have started. This earthquake was recorded by the US Geological Survey as a 6.8 Richter Scale earthquake. This earthquake would have been very close to the Pacific Coast. Its center would have been about 50 miles (80 km) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second largest city. Out of the dead, 14 people died in Peru and in Ecuador. There is information about 126 people injured. (Ecuador & Peru Earthquake)
Ecuador & Peru Earthquake: 15 people died
According to the Times, Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso told reporters that the earthquake “undoubtedly … caused alarm among the people.” Lasoche’s office said in a statement that 11 of the victims died in the state of El Oro or Kinarpatti, and two in the highlands of Azuay.
In Peru, tremors were felt from the northern border of Ecuador to the central Pacific coast. Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said that a 4-year-old girl died of head injuries when her house collapsed in the Tumbes region bordering Ecuador.
According to the Risk Management Secretariat of Ecuador’s emergency response agency, one of the victims in Azuay may have been a migrant in a vehicle torn apart by Dhigaría, an Andean community homemaker in Cuenca. In El Oro, the agency also said that many people were stuck with empty dumps. In the community of Machala, a two-story house collapsed before people were able to escape, a landslide gave way, and the walls of the building cracked, leaving an unknown number of people trapped.
The agency said that while firefighters worked to rescue people while the National Police assessed the damage, their work was made more difficult by disruptions to telephone and electricity services. Fabricio Cruz, a resident of Machala, said that while he was in his third-floor apartment, he felt a strong tremor and his television fell to the floor. He immediately came out.
“Majhe shejari kase ordat hote te me akle aani khoop awaaz aala,” said Kruj or the 34-year-old photographer. So he further said that when he looked around, he saw that the neighboring houses had fallen. The Ecuadorian government only reported damage to health centers and schools.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) Mar 18, 2023
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