At least 14 people have died after an earthquake of magnitude southern Ecuador and northern Peru..
At least 14 people were killed and many more trapped under rubble following a strong quake. The epicenter was about 80 kilometers south of Guayaquil, the second largest city in Ecuador.
The epicenter of the quake was roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Ecuadors second biggest city, Guayaquil, and nearly 10 kilometers from the city of Balao in the province of Guayas.
The Risk Management Secretary, Christian Torres, said in an interview on Ecuadorean radio that 11 people died in El Oro, the coastal state, and one in the mountainous state of Azuay.
Ecuadors emergency response agency said firefighters were at work to rescue those who remain trapped. The countrys national police were at work assessing the damage.
Three tunnels were closed in Guayaquil, a city of three million. People gathered on the streets following the quake with many reporting objects falling inside their homes.