6.9 quake strikes Ecuador

2010-08-12 17:27

Washington _ A 6.9 magnitude quake struck Ecuador on Thursday in a region southeast of Quito in the centre of the country, the US Geological Survey said.

No tsunami was believed generated by the quake, whose epicentre was 154km southeast of Quito, the USGS said.

The agency twice revised its estimate of the magnitude of the quake, from 6.9 to 7.2 and then back to a 6.9 magnitude.

It said the quake struck just after 11:53 GMT.