The Big One? Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes as damage feared in coastal city

Sunday, December 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

A HUGE earthquake measuring magnitude 6 has rocked a coastal city this morning.

Sun, Dec 3, 2017

The quake struck 19km north east of Bahia de Caraquez on the west coast of Ecuador at 11.19UTC.

Tremors came at a depth of 24.73km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

It is not known yet if there has been any major damage from the quake.

Ex-President Rafael Correa tweeted: Strong quake in San Vicente and the bay. I hope everything is okay.

“Here in Esmeraldas it was also felt strongly.

“It reminds me of harder times in my presidency.”

The large, bustling city of Bahia de Caraquez is popular with tourists and famed for its beaches.

It is located around 360km west of the country’s capital Quito.

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