At least four people died on the Richter scale A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Ecuador on Saturday afternoon, the country’s government said in a statement.
The earthquake struck near the southern city of Palo and was at a depth of 65 km (nearly 41 miles), As stated therein United States Geological Survey.
In the city of Cuenca in Azuay province, one person died when a wall collapsed on a car, and three others died when a security camera tower collapsed on Zambeli Island in El Oro province, officials said.
The USGS gave a shudder “Orange Alert” “Significant casualties are likely and devastation is widespread,” he said.
“Past events with this warning level required a regional or national-level response,” the USGS added. It also estimates possible damage and economic losses.
Relatives of a CNN producer DIn the western port city of Guayaquil, they said they felt a “very strong” tremor.
CNN Affiliates Equivisa Structural damage was reported to buildings in Cuenca, one of the country’s largest cities. This historic city is on the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites.
There is no tsunami warning for the area US National Weather Service.
Guayaquil and Cuenca airports remain open and operational, the country’s statement said.