1 dead 85 injured after 2 powerful earthquakes shake Ecuador


Ecuador: One person died and 85 people injured in the powerful earthquake in Ecuador on Wednesday. Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Ecuador’s north coast on Wednesday.

The quake occurred at 11:46 a.m. local time (1646 GMT), with the epicentre in the northern province of Esmeraldas, said the country's Geophysical Institute.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, another 6.8-magnitude quake was centered to the south of Muisne Canton, also in Esmeraldas, with a depth of 32 km below the earth's surface.

According to the Geophysical Institute, the two earthquakes were aftershocks from the 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Ecuador's northern coast on April 16, killing at least 661 people and injuring around 16,600.

President Rafael Correa took to Twitter to calm people.

"The aftershock is similar to the one at dawn," Correa wrote. "NO tsunami alert. Report of possible damages to follow soon."

The president said that while some previously ravaged homes suffered more damage, most had already been evacuated and no buildings had collapsed. There were no reports of fatalities, he said.

Officials said six people were injured in the first earthquake, one of whom is in critical condition.