A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador this morning, just days after a major quake hit the country, killing nearly 500 people. This morning’s quake was centred 70km west-southwest of Esmeraldas at a shallow depth of 10km, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, not far from the epicentre of Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude quake.
Reuters witnesses in the zone said two strong tremors of about 30 seconds each were felt, waking people up and sending them racing them into the streets. It was not felt in the highland capital of Quito. There was no immediate word from authorities on the impact of this morning’s quake. More than 100 people are still missing from the weekend disaster, with rescuers losing hope of finding more survivors. FULL REPORT