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Ecuador earthquake tops magnitude 6.9

Ecuador earthquake: The epicenter about 100 miles from the capital, Quito, but so far no reports of damage or injuries have been reported.

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Downtown Quito, Ecuador is seen in this file photo. The ecuador earthquake on Aug. 8 was 6.9 magnitude. There were no reports of damage or injuries.


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A powerful earthquake shook the South American nation of Ecuador on Thursday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The magnitude-6.9 quake that hit at 6:54 a.m. (1154 GMT) was felt across much of the nation, including the capital, Quito.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered 105 miles (170 kilometers) southeast of Quito. But it was also very deep — about 114 miles (190 kilometers) below the surface — a distance that might have blunted its damage.

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Liliana Troncoso of the national geophysical institute told Sonorama radio that local instruments registered shaking for almost 10 minutes.