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A 4.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Moments ago the Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN) reported a 4.8-magnitude earthquake in Canton Limon Indanza, Provincia de Morona-Santiago, 64 km east 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.

Based on preliminary data the earthquake should not have caused any significant damage to the infrastructure close to the epicenter of the quake. Weak shaking was most likely felt in the towns of Santiago (pop. 4,600) located 38 km from the epicenter, Gualaceo (pop. 17,100) 41 km away, La Union (pop. 1,600) 44 km away, Cuenca (pop. 277,000) 64 km away, Sucua (pop. 7,400) 76 km away, Canar (pop. 9,900) 79 km away, Macas (pop. 23,700) 94 km away, and Macas (pop. 23,700) 94 km away.

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