Ecuador earthquake kills at least 12 and causes widespread damage to homes and buildings | World News

At least 12 people are dead after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region around Ecuador’s second-largest city, Guayaquil.

The quake was centred around 50 miles (80km) south of Guayaquil, according to the US Geological Survey, and it was felt as far away as northern Peru.

Residents inside the city – which sits around 170 miles (270km) southwest of Ecuador‘s capital Quito – reported that objects had fallen inside their homes during the tremor.

Footage shared on social media showed panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso tweeted a message urging residents to stay calm before announcing that the disaster had killed 12 people.

A police officer looks up next to a car crushed by debris after an earthquake shook Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca. Pic: AP

Ecuador’s emergency response agency, the Risk Management Secretariat, said one person had died in the Andean community of Cuenca.

The victim was said to be a passenger in a vehicle trapped under a collapsed house.

Three people died…

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