Ecuador: another earthquake, no tsunami

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, just days after a major quake hit the country killing more than 500 people.


The latest quake was centred 70 kilometres off the Pacific coast town Esmeraldas at a depth of 10 kilometres, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, not far from the epicentre of Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude quake.


Reuters witnesses in the zone said two strong tremors of about 30 seconds each were felt in Cojimies, down the coast in the disaster zone from the weekend earthquake, waking people up and sending them into the street. It was not felt in the highland capital of Quito.


Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute said a 6.2 magnitude earthquake at 3:33 local time (4:33 a.m. ET) was followed by a series of after-shocks. There was no tsunami warning.

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