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Ecuador earthquake kills at least 15 people

At least 15 people have died and more than 400 are injured after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador's southern coast.

Buildings were damaged in several cities when the earthquake hit at around midday local time (17:00 GMT).

The southern province of El Oro was the worst affected and 12 people died there, authorities said.

Northern Peru felt the quake and a 14-year-old girl died in Tumbes, a border province, when her home collapsed.

In Ecuador, Machala and Cuenca were among the cities that suffered damage to buildings and vehicles, as emergency services rushed to help people.

The epicentre was near Balao, about 80km (50 miles) from Ecuador's second-largest city, Guayaquil, where about three million people live.


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