Report: Two Earthquakes Hit Ecuador Coast

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Reuters is reporting that two earthquakes struck Ecuador's coast on Wednesday, leading to one death and light damage in the same region where a magnitude 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 people last month.

Wednesday's tremors, measuring 6.7 and 6.8 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, cut electricity in some coastal areas and sent people running into the streets as far away as the highland capital of Quito, witnesses said.

According to Reuters, President Rafael Correa said the epicenter of the first one overnight was the fishing village of Mompiche on the Pacific coast, about 229 miles from Quito.

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He said the tremors led to light injuries due to people bumping into the things as they ran out of buildings, adding that one person died in circumstances that are still not clear.

"We lament the death, which was caused either directly or indirectly by the earthquake, of a senior citizen in the city of Tosagua," he said, referring to a city in the coastal province of Manabi.

According to one version, the person hit their head on concrete, while a second held that a beam fell on their head, according to the Reuters report.

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