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Ecuador hit again: magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes west coast

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By Euronews  with US Geological Survey, Reuters
Ecuador hit again: magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes west coast

Another strong earthquake has struck Ecuador, less than a week after Saturday’s (April 16) deadly tremor.

The epicentre of Thursday’s (April 21) magnitude-6.0 tremor was 100 km north-northwest of Portoviejo, at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey said. No casualties have been reported.

No damage was reported in the immediate aftermath and no tsunami threat was issued.

Saturday’s earthquake

Ecuador is still reeling from its worst earthquake in almost seven decades.

At least 587 people were killed in Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 ‘quake. More than 8,000 were injured, 155 people are still missing and close to 2,000 buildings were damaged, according to government figures.

Some 657 aftershocks were felt in the days leading up to Thursday and more are expected.

Recovery operations are ongoing. The United Nations and partners were due to launch an aid appeal on Friday (April 22), to help an estimated 350,000 affected people.

President Rafael Correa’s Socialist government insists there is no shortage of supplies, but rather distribution issues, which should be quickly resolved.

Shelters have been set up in football stadiums and airports for some 25,000 displaced people.

Elsewhere, Interior Minister Jose Serrano stressed the government was concentrating on house-by-house aid distribution, to ensure everyone was covered.