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Another earthquake of 6.1 magnitude strikes off Ecuador coast: USGS

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 20 April 2016, 05:55 PM

In another series of aftershocks a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Ecuador today. This comes days after the South American country was rattled by a deadly 7.8-magnitude quake. This time the epicenter was located 25 kilometers west of Muisne and 73 kilometers west-southwest of Propicia, which struck at 8:33 GMT at a depth of 15.7 kilometers (9.8 miles), according to US Geological Survey.

Though no tsunami warning has been issued. The USGS also indicated on its website that shaking was weak to light in the country’s capital Quito and its biggest city Guayaquil. Death toll from previous earthquake which had hit Ecuador’s Pacific coast stands at 480 but was also expected to rise owing to the 1700 people who were still missing.

Rescue work has been going on to unearth as many people from the rubble as possible. For the same, sniffer dogs and mechanical diggers are at work. Also international rescuers and aid workers have reached to help victims as the search deepens.

First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 04:23 PM

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