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A strong 5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador.

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Minutes ago the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IEGPN) reported a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean, Ecuador at a very shallow depth of 6km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

The earthquake was most likely felt as weak shaking in towns close to the epicenter. This includes towns or cities such as Jipijaga (pop. 35,900), located 54km from the epicenter and Montecristi (pop. 18,400), located 70km from the epicenter.

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