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A 5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Cuenca, Ecuador.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

The Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN) reported a 5.1-magnitude earthquake minutes ago in Canton Gualaquiza, Provincia de Morona-Santiago, 87 km southeast of Cuenca, Ecuador at a shallow depth of 10km.

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

The strong earthquake was most likely felt by a lot of people close to the epicenter, but it is most likely that it did not cause any significant damage. Towns or cities nearby that felt the earthquake as weak shaking include Santiago (pop. 4,600) located 21 km from the epicenter, Yantzaza (pop. 10,000) located 64 km from the epicenter, Gualaceo (pop. 17,100) 70 km away, Cuenca (pop. 277,000) 87 km away, Azogues (pop. 34,900) 88 km away, Zamora (pop. 15,300) 98 km away, Loja (pop. 117,800) 113 km away, and Macas (pop. 23,700) 124 km away.

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