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Fatal earthquake hits Ecuador and Peru

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According to initial estimates, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Ecuador and Peru on Saturday, damaging roads, leveling buildings, and killing at least 15 people, while over 126 suffered injuries.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso’s office confirmed 14 deaths after the quake struck the coastal Guyas region at noon.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter was roughly 80km (50 miles) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second-largest city.

In the coastal state of El Oro, multiple people were killed when a structure collapsed on the island of Jambeli, immediately to the south of the epicenter.

Another person was reportedly killed while traveling in a vehicle trapped under the rubble of a collapsing house in Cuenca town inland to the east of the heart.

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