A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0 with an epicenter in Ecuador was felt this Saturday in the northern regions of Peru.
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According to information from the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), the seismic movement occurred at 12:12 local time.
The entity also specified that the epicenter of the earthquake was located 85 kilometers northeast of Zarumilla (Tumbes) and had a depth of 78 kilometers.
Magnitude 7 earthquake with an epicenter located on the Ecuadorian coast, at a depth of 78 km, suggests its origin in the internal deformation of the Nasca plate as it entered below the South American plate. Fort in Tumbes; light in Chiclayo, Trujillo, Cajamarca. pic.twitter.com/70ls4lcZwf
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March 18, 2023
In this regard, the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) coordinated with the local authorities who reported that the seismic movement was perceived to be strong in the aforementioned jurisdiction.
According to the Navy’s Hydrography and Navigation Directorate, the strong tremor “does not generate a tsunami” on the Peruvian coast.
On the other hand, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors seismic activity in the world, reported a movement of magnitude 6.7 near the Ecuadorian city of Balao, province of Guayas.
The focus of the tremor was located 6 kilometers from Balao, at a depth of 65.7 kilometers. The earthquake was felt in different municipalities of Guayas and other provinces of the country, as well as in northern Peru.
In Guayaquil he felt very strong, as reported by Internet users. The earthquake was perceptible in several towns in the province of Pichincha, Azuay and Loja.