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Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Ecuador

QUITO – A magnitude-7.2 earthquake rocked central Ecuador on Thursday morning, but no injuries or damage have been reported, officials said.

The temblor occurred at 6:54 a.m. some 177 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Quito and at a depth of 186 kilometers (116 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said.

The USGS later revised the earthquake’s magnitude down to 6.9.

Preliminary reports pegged the quake’s magnitude at 7.1, with the epicenter in the Amazonian province of Pastaza at a depth of 190 kilometers (118 miles), the Ecuadorian National Polytechnic School’s Geophysics Institute, or IG, said.

The earthquake was located about 199 kilometers (124 miles) from the city of Puyo and some 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Quito, the IG said.

The readings on the quake’s location are preliminary since experts are still analyzing the temblor “to obtain more precise information,” the IG said.

There are reports that the earthquake was felt across Ecuador, but no information about injuries or damage has been received, the IG said.

An updated report will be released at noon after all the relevant information has been analyzed, IG specialist Liliana Troncoso told reporters.

The earthquake was felt in the coastal cities of Esmeraldas and Guayaquil, as well as in the central Andean cities of Quito, Ambato and Baños, Troncoso said.

The possibility of a tsunami has been ruled out, Troncoso said.

The earthquake caused power outages in Guayaquil and its suburbs, the Sonorama radio station reported. EFE
 

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