Earthquake shakes Ecuadorian coast, power lines kill teens


On July 14, 2022, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck northeast of Guayaquil Port in Ecuador. The screenshot was taken on July 15, 2022. (Screenshot via USGS / Epoch Times)

Quito, Ecuador — Authorities said one person died when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador on Thursday and a teenager was electrocuted by a power line fall.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a depth of about 80 km (49 miles), centered about 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Guayaquil Port.

The Institute of Geophysics in Ecuador said that although “weak” in the mountains, tremors were felt in most of the country.

Jorge Bella, the mayor of Simon Bolivar on the coast of Guayas, said a 16-year-old child had been killed. He said the high-voltage cable had fallen while the victim was engaged in “sports activities,” but did not provide further details.

Associated Press