At least 14 killed as strong earthquake hits Ecuador and Peru
In the Peruvian city of Tumbes on the border with Ecuador, a four-year-old girl died after a brick hit her on the head, according to an official report.
“There where the pool of blood is, I was playing with my niece and a brick fell on her,” her uncle David Alvarado told AFP.
The tremor was also strongly felt in other cities including Guayaquil, Quito, Manabi and Manta, social media reports said.
Ecuador’s presidency reported that “there are injured people who are being treated promptly in hospitals”, but did not provide any figures.
President Guillermo Lasso travelled to El Oro, where he visited the wounded in a hospital, and will next head to Azuay.
“I have just finished visiting the city of Machala … I have ratified government support, the availability of resources,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.
Earlier in the day he urged people to remain “calm and to be informed through official channels” about damage to buildings.
According to Quito’s Risk Management Office, the facade of a house collapsed on a vehicle and left “a deceased person” in Cuenca. AFP journalists in the city also reported that old houses in the historic centre had been damaged.
Roads near Cuenca were blocked by landslides.