At least seven homes were destroyed and 50 others were injured in the quake, Ecuador’s government said said on Saturday. The facade of one building fell on a vehicle in Cuenca, killing at least one person, and 17 educational buildings and 31 health-related structures were also damaged.
The dome of the Virgen De La Nube church in La Troncal badly cracked, leaving holes in the walls of its bell tower, pictures posted on social media showed.
In Peru, local media reported that a 4-year-old girl in the Tumbes region died after her home collapsed, according to a statement by Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otárola.
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Ecuador has had fatal earthquakes and strong seismic activity. In 2016, the country of about 17.8 million people experienced a massive 7.8 magnitude disaster in the northwest, killing hundreds. Earthquakes in northern Ecuador also killed at least 1,000 people in 1987, one of its most devastating natural disasters.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said on Saturday that he had visited the hard-hit town of Machala, where he assessed the damage and met with victims in hospital.
“I have wanted to express solidarity with the families of the dead and solidarity with those injured in the earthquake,” he said.
Samantha Schmidt contributed to this report.