Two quakes rattle Ecuador; no damage reported
QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) -- Two earthquakes shook Ecuador's northern coast
Wednesday morning, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported, the
Geophysical Institute at Quito's Polytechnic University said.
The first quake measured 4.7 on the Richter scale and hit at 6:55 a.m.
(1155 GMT). Its epicenter was some 34 miles (54 km) northwest of the coastal
city of Esmeraldas and was about 17 miles (27 km) below the Earth's surface,
the institute said in a statement.
A second quake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was felt at 7:23 a.m.
GMT), the statement said.
Residents in Esmeraldas, 198 miles (317 km) west of Ecuador's capital on
Pacific coast, felt the quakes but did not report any damage.
Several cities on the Pacific coast of this Andean nation reported earthquakes
year, with the most recent one in Ecuador's coastal commercial center of
Guayaquil in November.
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