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At least 15 people were killed in the earthquake in Ecuador -HP NEWS

Relief operations continue after the earthquake / Reuters photo

At least 14 people were killed and more than 400 injured due to a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the South American country of Ecuador.

The earthquake in the southern coastal region of Ecuador damaged buildings in several cities.

El Oro province of Ecuador suffered the most damage from the earthquake where 12 people died.

Earthquake tremors were also felt in Ecuador’s neighboring country Peru, where a 14-year-old girl died.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was 41 miles underground and was centered near Balao.

Authorities are assessing the devastation in the quake-hit areas and the death toll is expected to rise further.

This is the largest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 2016.

In 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed around 700 people and injured thousands.



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