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A 4.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Hours ago, the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN) reported a 4.6-magnitude 92km southwest of Portoviejo, Ecuadot. It was later revised to a 4.5-magnitude, at a shallow depth of 5km. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the quake at a 4.6-magnitude with a very shallow depth of 0km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised again in the next few hours as seismologists review their data. Based on preliminary data it is believed that the earthquake did not cause any significant damage.

Towns or cities that might have felt a weak shaking include Jipijapa (pop. 35,900) located 77 km from the epicenter, Portoviejo (pop. 170,300) 92 km away, Sucre (pop. 15,300) 94 km away, Rocafuerte (pop. 10,300) 97 km away, Pajan (pop. 9,200) 99 km away, and Santa Ana (pop. 12,800) 99 km away.

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