Magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Ecuador, at least 13 deaths reported

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By Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) -At least 13 people were killed in a strong earthquake that shook a coastal region of Ecuador and northern Peru midday Saturday, causing structural damage to multiple homes, schools and medical centers. “All the ministries are activated and have sufficient economic resources to immediately repair earthquake damage,” said Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in a statement. The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8, struck at a depth of 66.4 km (41.3 miles) about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the city of Balao in the prov…

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