6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Coast of Ecuador

December 3, 2017 Updated: December 3, 2017

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador on Sunday morning, according to U.S. officials.

President Lenin Moreno told The Associated Press there were no reports of damage or injuries. It was felt in 12 provinces across the country, and it’s coming about a year after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit and killed more than 600 people.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of 15.5 miles and was centered in the town San Vicente and about 12 miles from Bahia de Caraquez. It’s located about 220 miles from the capital, Quito.

Former President Rafael Correa tweeted: “Strong quake in San Vicente and the bay. I hope everything is okay.”

“Here in Esmeraldas it was also felt strongly,” he added. “It reminds me of harder times in my presidency.”

Ecuador is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the world’s most seismically active region. The ring is a chain of active volcanoes and earthquake-prone spots running around the Pacific Ocean. The USGS estimates that about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur along the ring.

 

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