Earthquake shakes Ecuador's Amazon region, damage unclear

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:32 GMT

People travel on a boat next to a port at the Amazon river in Iquitos, in this 2014 archive photo. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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The quake sent people running into the streets of Quito

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By Alexandra Valencia

QUITO, April 18 (Reuters) - An earthquake in the Andean region shook Ecuador on Tuesday, witnesses said, sending people running into the streets in the capital of Quito a year after a deadly quake hit the country's Pacific coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday's 6.0 magnitude quake hit about 164 miles (263 km) northwest of the jungle town of Iquitos in neighboring Peru. The town is not far from Ecuador's Amazon region, home to much of the OPEC member's oil industry.

Petroecuador was seeking information about possible damage, a source at the company said.

The April 2016 quake had a magnitude of 7.8, killing around 600 people and destroying infrastructure along the coast.

(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; editing by Grant MCCool)

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