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Strong earthquake rattles central sierra

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked much of central and southern Ecuador Thursday night. The quake struck at 9:12 p.m. in Cumandá parish of Chimborazo province and was felt strongly in Riobamba, Ambato and Guayaquil and moderately in Cuenca, Quito and dozens of other cities.

The quake occurred at a depth of more than 80 kilometers, minimizing damage, according to Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute.

Minor damage has been reported near the epicenter but risk management officials say they will not know the full extent of damage until after a Friday morning assessment.

As a precautionary measure, school officials have canceled Friday classes in Chimoborazo and Bolivar Provinces and parts of northern Canar Province.