At least 15 killed by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 in Ecuador
At least 15 people were killed and dozens more injured when the earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.8 rocked towns from the coast to the highlands, according to the United States Geological Survey. Many of the crumbled homes in Ecuador had characteristics regardless of where they were located. These homes housed the poor, were elderly, and did not conform to the country’s strict seismic safety regulations.
As of Sunday, at least 446 persons had been reported injured in Ecuador. The epicentre of the earthquake was located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second-largest city, on the Pacific coast.
More than 300 homes, schools, health institutions, and other buildings were destroyed in Ecuador, where officials reportedly recorded 15 deaths. Twelve people were killed in El Oro, a coastal province, and two were killed in Azuay, a state in the highlands, according to the office of Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso.
According to the Risk Management Secretariat, Ecuador’s emergency response organisation, one of the casualties in Azuay was a passenger in a car that was crushed by rubble from a home in the Andean hamlet of Cuenca.
The organisation also stated that numerous persons were feared to be buried alive in El Oro. The walls of a building in Machala crumbled, the pier underneath it fell, and those inside were trapped until they could escape.