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At least 16 people were killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Ecuador on Saturday, March 18, according to government officials.

CNN reports it.

In addition, 381 people were affected by the earthquake, reported the General Secretariat of Communications of the President of Ecuador.

According to reports, at least 11 people died in El Oro province and at least one person died in Asuai province.

Previously it was known of 4 dead.

Strong earthquake shakes EcuadorAssociated press

It should be noted that a strong earthquake was recorded near the coast of Ecuador on Saturday, March 18. Its amplitude is 6.9 points on the Richter scale.

The earthquake was registered near the Pacific coast, about 80 km south of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second largest city.

We recall, on March 18, a new earthquake that occurred in southeastern Turkey after the devastating earthquake of February 6.

Earlier, a major earthquake also occurred in Turkey on March 12.

It was also reported that Turkey will build more than 300,000 homes for earthquake victims in one year.

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