A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early on Friday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The agency said that quake’s epicenter was in a sparsely populated area 224 km (140 miles) east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, at a depth of 132 km.
Also, USGS’s initial reading had assessed the quake, which occurred at 5:17 a.m. (1017 GMT), at magnitude 7.7.
As of posting, there was no risk of a tsunami being triggered, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, and there were no initial reports of casualties or damage.
The strong quake was felt not just in Ecuador, but also in Colombia and Peru.
The Ecuadorian government is still casting its search and rescue operations across the areas that were devasted by the quake.