Ecuador earthquake: Second tremor measuring magnitude 7.2 strikes country’s coast

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Editor Note: It appears that this quake has now been downgraded to 6.8

The extent of damage or casualties is currently unclear

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit the coast of Ecuador, hours after the country was struck by another tremor measuring 6.7.

The quake’s epicentre was 14 miles north west of Rosa Zarate, at a depth of 15 miles, the US Geographical Survey reported.

The extent of damage or casualties is currently unclear. No tsunami warning has been issued.

The earlier tremor’s epicentre was 36 miles south of the city of Esmeraldas. No significant damage was reported as a result of the earlier earthquake.

In April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused one of Ecuador’s worst disasters for nearly seven decades.

More than 650 people were killed and around 16,600 injured.

Source: The Independent

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