Deaths reported after strong earthquake 50 miles south of Ecuador’s second city

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Magnitude 6.7 tremors hit coastal Guayas area in province whose capital is Guayaquil, causing at least four people to lose their lives

A strong earthquake shook the region around Ecuador’s second-largest city on Saturday, killing at least four people, damaging homes and buildings, and sending panicked residents into the streets.

The US Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 in the country’s coastal Guayas region. Its centre was about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Guayaquil, which has a metropolitan area of more than 3 million people.

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