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Strong earthquake hits Ecuador, there are casualties

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One victim was a passenger in a car that was trapped in the rubble of a house. Also, there are probably a lot of people under the rubble of the building.

A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, March 18, killing at least 12 people, AP reports.

So, according to the US Geological Survey, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 occurred near the Pacific coast, about 80 km south of Guayaquil, the second largest city in Ecuador.

President Guillermo Lasso called on citizens to remain calm.

It was learned that one victim was a passenger of the car, which was crushed by the house’s destruction. Also, there are probably a lot of people under the rubble of the building.

As many as 13.5 million people may have felt the quake, according to USGS computer simulations.

Recall that a few days earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred 250 km from Istanbul. No casualties were reported.

Before that, on February 6, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than seven points hit Turkey. The tremors, followed by thousands of aftershocks, were felt in 11 provinces of the republic and neighboring countries, with Syria suffering the most. More than 49 thousand people died, more than 115 thousand were injured.

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