Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Peru-Ecuador border region

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A 7.8-magnitude quake that shook a central area of the Ecuadorean coast on April 16, 2016, killed more than 700 people, destroyed hundreds of houses and caused more than $3 billion of losses.

The quake struck 71 miles east of Palora with a depth of 82 miles.

A deep magnitude-7.5 quake struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early on Friday morning, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was in a sparsely populated area 224km (140 miles) east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, at a depth of 132km. The USGS's initial reading had assessed the quake, which occurred at 5.17 a.m. loacl time (3.47 p.m. IST), at magnitude 7.7. Around 20 minutes later the Ecuadorian city of Guayaqull was rocked by a 5.5 magnitude natural disaster at 10.40pm GMT, the US Geological Survey reports.

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Seetharama Rao said it was not certain the Pakistanis would cross the border even if they had visas. The event, with 500 shooters from 58 nations, is a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"The preliminary reports of the first earthquakes near Macas do not indicate major damages", Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said via Twitter.

"They were felt throughout the country and some provincial emergency committees have already been activated".

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