(see ‘++ Ecuador: earthquake of magnitude …’ 01:15 am) (ANSA) – QUITO, 15 JUL – It is of a dead person, various material damages of minor entity, and a lot of fear in the population of everything the country the provisional toll of the 6.1 Richter magnitude earthquake recorded yesterday afternoon at 17.30 local time (00.30 Italian today) in southern Ecuador.
The Seismological Institute of Ecuador corrected the magnitude of the earthquake, which had its epicenter a few kilometers from the town of Simón Bolívar, in the province of Guayas, bringing it from 5.9 to 6.1.
The only victim of the earthquake was a 16-year-old young man hit by an electric discharge produced by a high-voltage cable that fell to the ground in the area of the epicenter.
Ecuadorian media confirmed that the quake was felt practically throughout Ecuador, from Guayaquil to Quito.
Esteban Hernández, a seismologist at the Geophysical Institute, explained to the newspaper Expreso that, despite its magnitude, the earthquake did not have a heavy death toll or damage “due to the depth of its hypocenter at almost 60 kilometers”.