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2.6 magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador’s Pichincha province

Quito, 24 July. The National Polytechnic School’s Geophysical Institute said an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale was recorded this Sunday in Pichincha province, whose capital is Quito.

According to the institute, the quake struck at 3:31 pm local time (8:31 a.m. GMT) at 0.18 degrees south latitude and 78.40 degrees west longitude.

According to the source, the tremors came from the city of Quito in Pichincha province at a depth of 10.95 km and 6.73 km.

Ecuador is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which concentrates some of the world’s most important subduction zones (the sinking of tectonic plates) and is the scene of strong seismic activity.

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In addition to Ecuador, the horseshoe-shaped belt includes a large number of countries such as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico. United States and Canada.

On 16 April, Ecuador commemorated the sixth anniversary of one of the most devastating earthquakes in its recent history, with a magnitude of 7.8.

That natural event, which occurred on April 16, 2016, killed more than 670 people, affected thousands, as well as caused millions of material damages.

The quake hit the provinces of Esmeraldas (the border with Colombia) and its neighboring Manabi, both located on the coast of the Andean country, but it also affected other regions and was strongly felt in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. . In the province of Pichincha, located in the Andean region of the country.

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