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A four-year-old is among the victims. The tragic balance of the earthquake in Ecuador and Peru has increased

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At least 15 people were killed in an earthquake that struck Ecuador and Peru on Saturday. The phenomenon contributed to extensive damage. It is estimated that covering all damages may cost up to 100 million dollars.

The earthquake that hit the border of Ecuador and Peru on Saturday killed at least 15 people. According to the latest information, hundreds of people may still be under the rubble, so it is possible that this is not the end of the tragic balance sheet.

The phenomenon had a magnitude of 6.8.

A state of emergency has been declared in at least one province in Ecuador. Cleanup is still underway after the devastation caused by the quake.

Effects of the earthquake in EcuadorPAP/EPA/ROBERT PUGLLA

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Effects of the earthquake in EcuadorPAP/EPA/ROBERT PUGLLA

A four-year-old died

Most of the deaths were in El Oro province in Ecuador. According to local officials, the main cause of death of residents was collapsing buildings.

One fatality was also recorded on the side of Peru. Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said it was a four-year-old girl. The child died as a result of head injuries sustained in the collapse of a house in the town of Tumbes.

Damage was also recorded in the Ecuadorian city of Cuenca, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its beautiful historic buildings. Authorities said several health centers and schools were hardest hit by the quake.

Chain reaction

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the hypocenter of the earthquake occurred at a depth of about 65 kilometers. It immediately issued a so-called “orange alert”, which states that “between 100 and 1,000 deaths could occur due to the quakes, and the catastrophe could potentially be extensive.” It is estimated that covering all losses incurred may take up to USD 100 million.

Effects of the earthquake in EcuadorPAP/EPA/Jhonatan Miranda

Effects of the earthquake in EcuadorPAP/EPA/Jhonatan Miranda

“People in this region live in buildings that are very vulnerable to earthquake damage, although some resilient structures exist,” the USGS website reads. The communication also mentions that in this part of the world, earthquakes are clearly linked to other disasters, such as mudslides, which can exacerbate the scale of damage and the number of fatalities.

Ecuador has been hit by serious and strong earthquakes several times in recent years. In April 2016, such a phenomenon shook the coast of the country. Nearly 700 people died and over 6,000 were injured. In February 2019, a magnitude 7.5 quake hit the southern regions. Two strong aftershocks occurred in the next 30 minutes.

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