Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tsunami fears as new earthquake strikes off coast of Ecuador

Published 20/04/2016 | 09:54

Edith Mero nurses her broken arm as she stands in front of her collapsed house in Estancia Las Palmas, Ecuador. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Edith Mero nurses her broken arm as she stands in front of her collapsed house in Estancia Las Palmas, Ecuador. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, just days after a major quake hit the country.

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The quake was centred 70 km (44 miles) west-southwest of Esmeraldas at a shallow depth of 10 km.

The country is already recovering from the country's deadliest earthquake in decades.

Saturday's earthquake destroyed or damaged about 1,500 buildings, triggered mudslides and left some 20,000 people homeless, the government said. It was the worst tremor in Ecuador since one in 1949 killed more than 5,000 people.

Thirteen nations are involved in the relief effort. Cuba sent doctors, Venezuela has flown in food and the US government said it was sending a team of disaster experts as well as 100,000 dollars in aid.

More to follow.

Reuters

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