The news published 02/22/2019

A powerful earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude hit Ecuador early on Friday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake started at 5:17 a.m. ECT/EST around 140 miles east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, near the Peru border.

That was followed by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that struck western Ecuador, near Guayaquil less than half an hour later.

Light to strong shaking was felt throughout the country with very strong shaking reported more than 260 miles away from the initial epicenter of the earthquake in northern Peru.

There has been no immediate information about the damage or casualties, but it is estimated that both are possible considering the considerable magnitude of the earthquake.