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Powerful Earthquake Rattles Ecuador

ICE Graveyard 17/04/2016 Andrew Hart

QUITO, April 16 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador late on Saturday, prompting the Pervuian Navy to issue a tsunami alert for parts of the country.

The quake was felt strongly in the capital Quito some 170 km (105 miles) away, leading panicked residents to flood into the streets out of fear of potential aftershocks.

"I was in my house watching a movie and everything started to shake. I ran out into the street and now I don't know what's going to happen," said Lorena Cazares, 36, a telecommunications worker in Quito.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8, though Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics on its Twitter account published several different figures that were lower.

The quake was centered just off the coast at a shallow depth of 19 km (12 miles), according to the USGS.

Residents in Quito said electricity and telephone services went off. 


(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer in Quito, Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Writing by Brian Ellsworth,; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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