President Guillermo Lasso tweeted a message asking residents to stay calm.
The South American nation’s emergency response company, the Threat Administration Secretariat, reported one particular person died within the Andean group of Cuenca. The sufferer was a passenger in a car trapped below the rubble of a home. Three different folks died within the coastal state of El Oro, the company reported.
In Guayaquil, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Quito, authorities reported cracks on buildings and houses, in addition to some collapsed partitions. Authorities ordered the closure of three vehicular tunnels.
Movies shared on social media present folks gathered on the streets of Guayaquil and close by communities. Folks reported objects falling inside their houses.
One video posted on-line confirmed three anchors of a present dart from their studio desk because the set shook. They initially tried to shake it off as a minor quake however quickly fled off digicam. One anchor indicated the present would go on a industrial break, whereas one other repeated, “My God, my God.”
A pier sank within the metropolis of Machala. The earthquake was additionally felt in northern Peru.
Related Press author Regina Garcia Cano contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.