Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported in Ecuador
A powerful 6.7-magnitude aftershock early yesterday rattled Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating earthquake hit a month ago, knocking out power and scaring still-traumatised residents as they slept, but only limited damage was reported.
The US Geological Survey said yesterday that the quake's epicentre was 35 kilometres (21 miles) from the town of Muisne. It struck shortly before 3 a.m. local time and had a shallow depth of 32 kilometres below the earth's surface.
President Rafael Correa said there was no tsunami alert and called on residents in Quito, where some residents poured into the streets, to return to their homes. The quake was strong enough to trigger a national disaster alert, but Correa deactivated the emergency response a few hours later when local authorities reported the situation was calm.