Earthquake rattles Ecuador, minor damage reported
QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) -- An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter
shook much of Ecuador on Thursday but caused only minor damage and no
deaths or injuries, Ecuadorean scientists said on Friday.
The quake was felt at 6:23 p.m. (2323 GMT), the Geophysics Institute of
National Polytechnic School said. There was minor damage to some houses and
isolated power cuts.
In the capital Quito, the tremor prompted Congress to slightly delay a
to decorate visiting Colombian President Andres Pastrana.
On Friday officials at the U.S. Earthquake Information Center said the
measured 6.6 on the open-ended Richter scale and occurred two hours earlier
than the time cited by the Geophysics Institute.
The epicenter was 65 miles (104 km) north of Portoviejo, a city near the
said Waverly Person, director of the center in Golden, Colorado.
Ordinarily, a quake with a magnitude of 6.6 could do serious damage and
injuries, he said. But the center, operated by the U.S. Geological Service, has not
received any reports of damage.
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