Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Ecuador's north-west coast

A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck Ecuador's north-west coast on Sunday (July 10), said the US Geological Survey.
A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck Ecuador's north-west coast on Sunday (July 10), said the US Geological Survey.PHOTO: USGS

QUITO (AFP) - A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador late Sunday (July 10) in the same area devastated by a powerful quake in mid-April, the US Geological Service said.  

Its epicentre was 41km south of the town of Propicia – located next to the quake-devastated coastal town of Esmeraldas – and 154km north-west of the capital Quito, the USGS said.  

The quake, which struck at 9:11pm (10:11am Monday Singapore time), was preceded just minutes earlier by a 5.9 magnitude quake with an epicenter 1km away.

 There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Earthquake monitors in Ecuador had slightly different readings on the magnitude of the quakes.

The epicentre of both tremors was at a shallow depth of 35km, the USGS said.  

Ecuador is still reeling from a deadly 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on April 16, killing some 700 people.  The quake flattened homes and buildings up and down a long stretch of Pacific coast, reducing picturesque resort towns to rubble.