Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ecuador rocked by 6.9 quake, no major damage

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  • Alexandra Valencia, Reuters · Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
    QUITO — A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador near the center of the Andean OPEC member nation on Thursday, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage, authorities and media said.
    State-owned oil company Petroecuador said production was normal and there was no impact on its infrastructure after the quake in an Amazonian jungle region.
    Though its magnitude was strong enough to cause major damage, the quake occurred deep beneath the earth’s surface, making its impact far less than a shallow quake.
    Local radio with reporters in the area said buildings swayed. Some residents in the capital Quito felt the quake as did residents in northern parts of neighboring Peru, witnesses and local media reported.
    The quake struck at 1154 GMT and was centered 87 miles (140 km) east of Ambato, at a depth of 115 miles (185 km). That is about 140 miles (225 km) southeast of the capital, Quito.
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